Britain says Saudi supports U.N. action on Libya

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 22, 2011 5:45 PM

LONDON (Reuters) - Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal expressed strong support for the goals of the U.N. resolution on Libya at a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London on Tuesday, Cameron's office said.

"On Libya, the prime minister set out the action we were taking in support of implementation of UNSCR 1973. Prince Saud expressed strong support for the aims of UNSCR 1973 and the steps being taken by the international community to enforce it," a statement said.

Cameron's spokesman also said Bahrain had been discussed and that Britain supported political dialogue the Bahraini government says it is seeking to establish.

Britain encouraged all parties to take part in those talks, the spokesman said.

Cameron said Bahrain's approach "needed to be based on the principle of reform to address the legitimate aspirations of the people of Bahrain."

Bahrain has imposed martial law and called in troops from fellow Sunni-ruled neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, in a crackdown on protests by its majority Shi'ites.

(Reporting by Stefano Ambrogi; editing by Janet Lawrence)