Friday, September 16, 2011

Cameron flies in for Libya tour of 'victory'... over Sarko that is, as he and French Premier compete for glory - 16th Sept 2011

David Cameron received a rock star’s welcome on a victory tour of Libya yesterday.

But the trip seemed to deteriorate into a battle with French President Nicolas Sarkozy to see who could garner the most credit for Colonel Gaddafi’s downfall.

The pair jostled each other for position before they were pictured, arms raised in triumph with National Transitional Council chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil between them.

And they appeared to compete for the biggest cheers as they made speeches in front of crowds of celebrating rebels.

The Prime Minister was greeted by crowds shouting ‘Thank you, thank you’ as he toured Tripoli and the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.

It was the first visit by Western leaders since the dictator was toppled. Mr Cameron praised the Libyan fighters as ‘lions’ and described their revolt as the moment ‘when the Arab Spring could become an Arab Summer’ in which ‘we see democracy advance in other countries too’. Read More