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Libyan PM returns to office after his abduction

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan attends

Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zeidan spoke at a Cabinet meeting aired live on Libyan TV, following his release from captivity after gunmen abducted him at dawn.

He thanked those who helped free him and said: "We hope this matter will be treated with wisdom and rationality, far from tension."

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. 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:

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

PM promises UK support to help build a 'peaceful' Libya

Prime Minister David Cameron and Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan pictured in September. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

David Cameron has spoken to his Libyan counterpart Ali Zeidan following his abduction and promised the UK's support to help build a "stable, free, peaceful and prosperous" Libya, the Prime Minister's spokesman said.

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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:

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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