Libyan MPs say Boris Johnson must apologize for ‘dead bodies’ comment

Latest news

    View the original article: https://www.rt.com/uk/405800-boris-johnson-libya-bodies/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

    MPs from Libya’s eastern-based parliament have demanded an apology from British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson after he said all the Mediterranean city of Sirte needs to do to become the next Dubai is remove all the “dead bodies.”

    Read more

    Britain has blood on its hands in Libya, not the time for Johnson jokes - political activist

    Johnson told a fringe meeting at the Conservative annual conference this week that British investors have the “brilliant vision” to turn Sirte, the former stronghold of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), into the next Dubai.

    “I look at Libya, it’s an incredible country,” Johnson told the meeting.

    “There’s a group of UK business people, actually, some wonderful guys who want to invest in Sirte on the coast, near where Gaddafi was captured and executed as some of you may have seen.

    “They have got a brilliant vision to turn Sirte into the next Dubai.

    “The only thing they have got to do is clear the dead bodies away,” he said, before breaking into a laughter.

    The committee for foreign affairs and international cooperation of Libya’s House of Representatives (HOR) called the comments “unacceptable,” and demanded that the foreign secretary apologize.

    The body said it considers it a “violation of Libyan sovereignty to talk about British businessmen investing there.”

    Read more

    Boris is OUR ass! EU told to stop interfering after Merkel ally calls for Johnson’s sacking

    “The committee demands a clarification from the British prime minister and an apology to the Libyan people,” the statement said, according to Reuters.

    Johnson’s remark stirred public outcry, including calls from Tory MP Heidi Allen for him to be sacked.

    “100 percent unacceptable from anyone, let alone foreign sec. Boris must be sacked for this. He does not represent my party,” Allen tweeted.

    Johnson defended himself, however, saying he was referring to the dead bodies of IS fighters.

    While saying it was not an “appropriate choice of words,” a Downing Street source said the PM had already shelved the matter.

    Libya, backed by US troops, reclaimed Sirte, which had become the main IS stronghold in North Africa, after a six-month battle last year.

    The coastal city is now struggling to rebuild after being severely damaged during the campaign.

    In the same category are

    Russia & EU negotiate Ukraine gas transit as exports to Europe reach seasonal high Russia is holding talks with the EU and Ukraine over extending a new gas transit contract after 2019 as the country continues to increase its share of...
    Cold War nostalgia? MSNBC plays clip from Reagan’s ‘Evil Empire’ speech in warning to Trump Producers at MSNBC’s Morning Joe show must have been feeling nostalgic this morning when they aired a minute-long excerpt from Ronald Reagan’s infamou...
    ‘Blow it up’: Churchill’s grandson calls for voting system shake-up after Vote Leave breach (VIDEO) The grandson of former UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill has called for the whole of Britain’s voting system to be “blown up” after the Electoral Co...
    Football fans splash out almost $1.6bn in Moscow during World Cup Football fans visiting Moscow during the World Cup added about 96.6 billion rubles ($1.6 billion) to the city coffers during the tournament, which ran...
    ‘Knows nothing about treason’: Brennan called out for anti-Trump grandstanding Ex-CIA chief John Brennan was among the first on Twitter to slam President Trump for his press conference performance with Russian President Vladimir ...
    Iran wants to take US to international court over re-imposed sanctions Tehran has announced that it has filed a complaint against the US in the International Court of Justice over President Donald Trump’s decision to re-i...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.