Cameron had secret talks with Blair over Libya crisis

March 3rd, 2011 - 2:49 pm ICT by ANI  

David Cameron London, Mar. 3 (ANI): British Prime Minister David Cameron has been secretly consulting his predecessor Tony Blair about the crisis in Libya, despite criticizing the later and his supporters publicly.

Senior officials said Cameron has held at least two conversations over the past fortnight with the former Labour premier, who is now the official envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East, which comprises the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia.

According to the Daily Express, Cameron has consulted Blair about Gaddafi’s state of mind and sought advice from him about how to make the dictator quit.

But yesterday the Prime Minister continued his public condemnation of Blairite links to Libya, telling lawmakers that Lord Mandelson, Baroness Symons and former defence minister Adam Ingram should refer themselves to the independent Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, which vets jobs of former ministers.

Lord Mandelson has twice met Gaddafi’s son Saif. Baroness Symons resigned this week as an adviser to the National Economic Development Board of Libya, while Ingram works for a defence firm, which has sought contracts in Libya.

Meanwhile, Libyan opposition forces are preparing themselves for a battle about five kilometers from Ajdabiya, southwest of Benghazi, eastern Libya. (ANI)

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