After David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, ordered the government departments that, they must be ready to intervene in Libya, to take down Islamic State (IS), the British Foreign Office has precluded air strikes in Libya targeting Islamic State affiliates in response to the attack on Sousse, where 30 Britons were killed by Seifeddine Rezgui. He is believed to have received training in Libya prior to carrying out the heinous act. According to The Guardian, Cameron demanded that, government departments should come up with a contingency plan for Libya as soon as possible.
Yesterday, Cameron said “We will only defeat these brutal terrorists if we take action at home, overseas and online and if we unite with countries around the world against this common enemy.” This issue raises many questions, doesn’t the latter quote imply military action? Why did both the Prime Minister and the Foreign Office say no to airstrikes? Is it not enough for one government body to come out and comment on the issue?
Cameron told officials that, in the case that Libya can assemble a credible government, the UK ought to have plans set up to offer assistance and aid. The Prime Minister requested of the Foreign Office, the Ministry of Defence, the Department for International Development and the Home office to take a gander at various ways the UK could offer assistance. He says, sending help to improve border security, is the main area which needs to be considered. Another area under consideration is to help in training the police force, this would be a matter for the Home Office, albeit the Ministry of Defence may also contribute.
A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office has said in a statement: “supporting progress towards a UN-mediated ceasefire and a stable political settlement in Libya is our immediate priority. The UK has no plans to launch air strikes over Libya, we are working closely with regional partners to support the Libyans to tackle terror groups and are discussing how to use existing UN Security Council resolutions to sanction terrorist groups in Libya, including groups affiliated to ISIS”
The main questions here are, why is the Foreign Office repeating what the Prime Minister said? Is this the Foreign Office trying to reiterate the fact that they will not send airstrikes to Libya? Some would say that from Cameron’s statement on intervention, he meant military intervention, but today he is saying no, does he have a hidden agenda?
The Foreign Minister of the House of Representatives in Tobrok, Mohammed Aldairy said, he called the UK government about the issue of intervention and what it meant, and they said there is no such thing, did that phone call change Cameron’s decision, or is there an international plan which the UK is a part of?
In other news, Aldairy, visited Egypt on Sunday, and spoke to the Egyptians about the issue of security by coordinating and integrating with one another, he also spoke on how to confront extremist groups. All of this came after the Libyan factions initialled the draft in Skhirat, but they’re still waiting for the GNC to join them. Cameron is still pushing Libyans to go ahead with the dialogue, but yesterday he was talking about intervention, and today he is telling Libyans to finish the dialogue and form a government and they will aid them. Is he trying to tell the Libyans, that they can either go ahead with the dialogue and form a government or the international society will intervene in Libya to fight IS?