UK's Cameron woos Arab Spring leaders

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Posted: Sep 26, 2012 10:10 AM
UK's Cameron woos Arab Spring leaders

NEW YORK (AP) — Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is wooing the new leaders of Egypt and Libya with a pledge to release frozen financial assets and property in the U.K. tied to deposed regimes.

In talks Wednesday in New York, Cameron told Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi he would try to release about US$160 million of assets linked to ex-ruler Hosni Mubarak.

The British leader made a similar offer to Libya's president Mohamed Yousef el-Magariaf in a separate meeting.

Cameron told Morsi that the head of the U.K. armed forces, Gen. David Richards, also would visit Cairo to discuss possible British training for Egypt's military.

The two joked over the poor time keeping at the U.N. general assembly. "You never quite know when you are making your speech," Cameron told Morsi.