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UK PM ''optimistic'' about Libya future

LONDON, Aug 19 (KUNA) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron Friday underlined his "optimism" for Libya's democratic future as he welcomed to Downing Street the newly-appointed charge d'affaires to Britain.
David Cameron greeted Mahmud Nacua as he arrived for a meeting at Number 10 alongside seven representatives from the Libyan community in the UK, Downing Street said.
Last month, the Foreign Office invited the National Transitional Council (NTC) to take over the Libyan embassy in London - and representatives moved in last week.
Britain has officially recognised the rebel-backed NTC as Libya's legitimate government after kicking out supporters of dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's regime.
The rebels' independence flag was raised above the embassy in the capital's Knightsbridge during a reopening ceremony on August 9.
Opening the meeting today, Cameron said he had earlier conducted a "very positive" phone conversation with NTC chairman Mustafa Abduljalil about the plans for a post-Gaddafi Libya, commitment to democracy and the freedom for all Libyans.
In a brief statement, he said: "I think this is a moment not to be complacent at all, but optimistic that we are getting closer to the future that many of us talked about round that table downstairs in the Cabinet Office.
"It has taken time but I think we are heading in the right direction and I think it is a good opportunity to share today some of the perspectives on what needs to happen next." Cameron also discussed the situation in Libya with French President Nicolas Sarkozy during a phone call earlier today, the Prime Minister's spokeswoman said later.
The pair spoke about the progress made in the towns of Zawiya and Gharyan, NATO's mandate to protect civilians and the role of the NTC in Libya's future.
The two leaders also talked briefly about the global economic developments and agreed to keep in close touch on both issues over the coming days. (end) he.hb KUNA 191959 Aug 11NNNN