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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UK offers support to Libyan PM

David Cameron has spoken to his Libyan counterpart Ali Zeidan following his release after being seized by gunmen today and promised the UK's support to help build a "stable, free, peaceful" Libya, the Prime Minister's spokesman has said.