The Metropolitan Police has revealed that two detectives from its Counter-terrorism Command have visited Libya to discuss the ongoing investigation into the murder of WPc Yvonne Fletcher. The Detective Superintendent and Detective Inspector met Libyan officials in Tripoli.
WPc Fletcher was shot dead when policing a demonstration outside the Libyan Peoples' Bureau in St James's Square in April 1984. The bullet was fired from the building but it was never established who pulled the trigger.
Mr El-Keib worked with the opposition while in exile during Muammar Gaddafi's dictatorship and said he knew some of those involved in the demonstration.
– Libyan prime minister Abdurrahim El-Keib
The Fletcher case is a case that is close to my heart personally.
I had friends who were demonstrating that day next to the embassy.
It is a sad story.
It is very unfortunate that it has anything to do with the Libyan people.
I am here to tell you that we will work very closely together to resolve anything related to that issue.
Visas for the Met detectives to travel to the war-torn country have been cleared but no exact date for their trip has been released yet.
After laying the floral tribute, Mr El-Keib gave a talk at nearby Chatham House, the independent policy institute, as part of his two-day visit.
Libyan prime minister Abdurrahim El-Keib today laid a wreath of white roses and carnations at the spot where policewoman Yvonne Fletcher was shot dead outside the country's London embassy in 1984.
Libyan PM due to lay wreath soon at place where WPC Yvonne Fletcher was shot dead outside Libyan Embassy in '84From @PaulBrandITV on Twitter:
A former colleague of Wpc Yvonne Fletcher who was murdered more than two decades ago has told ITV's Daybreak that he was "hopeful" that her killers would be bought to justice. John Murray said he had been "pressing" for further investigation into the case for the last 28 years.
– Former colleague, John Murray
It's a massive step forward and it really vindicates my actions and my views over the last 28 years.
I have been pressing the Libyans, I have been pressing the UK Government for this to happen and suddenly it has so it's very good news indeed.
They all knew the story about Yvonne Fletcher - I was completely amazed.
Young people, young guys, young women, they all knew about her and they all want justice for her.
Not just for Yvonne but the Libyans themselves.
The interim Prime Minister of Libya will continue his visit to London today. Yesterday he met David Cameron, who said Prime Minister El-Keib would be 'welcomed by everyone in Britain'.
A Metropolitan Police team is to fly to Libya to continue the investigation into the murder of Wpc Yvonne Fletcher.
Announcing the move, the Prime Minister said the visit was a "really positive step forward" in the inquiry into the 1984 killing of the officer.
WPC Fletcher was shot dead as she police a demonstration against the late Libya Leader Colonel Gaddafi outside the Libyan People's Bureau in London.
David Cameron made the announcement as the north African state's interim Prime Minister Abdurrahim El-Keib visited 10 Downing Street.