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White House condemns the kidnapping of Libyan PM

The White House has condemned the kidnapping of Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan and is pleased that he has been released, a spokesman said.

Prime Minister of Libya Ali Zeidan pictures in Brussels earlier this year.
Prime Minister of Libya Ali Zeidan pictures in Brussels earlier this year. Credit: Wiktor Dabkowski/DPA/Press Association Images

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, "The United States supports Libya's efforts to fulfill the aspirations of the 2011 revolution for a democratic, secure and prosperous Libya, and the people of Libya deserve a democracy based on the rule of law and respect for human rights."

Libyan gunmen seized the prime minister in a luxury hotel where he lives earlier today and held him for several hours before releasing him.

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Cameron speaks to Libyan PM Ali Zeidan

The Prime Minister has tweeted that he has spoken to his Libyan counterpart Ali Zeidan, who was the victim of a reported kidnapping earlier:

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PM: Just spoken to PM Zeidan to offer our support for his efforts to build a stable, free and prosperous Libya http://t.co/EbRKQ3dQdi

Read the full statement from Downing Street here

Read: The Libyan Prime Minister may be free, but the country is not

PM pledges Libya support in 'challenging transition'

They talked about how the UK would continue to support the Libyan government and the Libyan people during this challenging transition, including support in helping them overcome the security challenges that they face and that are so important in overcoming in order to achieve a stable, free, peaceful and prosperous Libya.

– The Prime Minister's spokesman

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William Hague welcomes release of Libyan PM

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said he welcomes the release of Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan:

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I welcome release of Libyan PM. We will work with Libyan gov on ensuring the transition remains on track and insecurity is addressed

In an earlier tweet, he said he has spoken to US Secretary of State John Kerry this morning about the recent developments.

Seized Libyan PM 'held in Interior Ministry department'

Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zeidan is being held at the Interior Ministry's anti-crime department, an official with the department told the state news agency.

Zeidan was seized by former rebels who blamed him for the government's role in the US capture of a top al-Qaeda suspect in Tripoli.

The former rebels were working for the Interior Ministry to provide security in the capital.

Read: Libyan PM 'in good health'

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