UK Foreign Office Secretary: Britain Could have done more to save Libya from chaos

A man walks past a damaged building, Tripoli, Libya, May 28, 2017. © Hani Amara / Reuters

The UK could have done more to prevent Libya’s descent into war and chaos, but was right to intervene against Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, UK Foreign Office Minister, Tobias Ellwood, has said.

“We didn’t do it to try and transform Libya and do something else. We did it to support the people of Libya against a criminal and indeed a terrorist himself with what he did with the Pan Am flight and so forth,” Ellwood said at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI.)

“It was 40 years of misrule in a very complex society with huge tribal constructs across there, after 40 years all these tribes found they had a bit of space, a bit of elbow room, and, yes, perhaps we could have done more, but we were asked to leave, the international community was asked to take a step back from its involvement,” He added.

A British-Libyan 22-year old man, Salman Abedi, exploded himself in Manchester Arena killing and injuring dozens last week.

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