02:00 GMT +318 October 2019
Listen Live
    British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

    Libyan Lawmakers Want UK's Johnson to Apologize for 'Dead Bodies' Comment

    © REUTERS / Alkis Konstantinidis
    Middle East
    Get short URL

    The members of Libya's House of Representatives based in Tobruk have demanded that UK Foreign Chief Boris Johnson to apologize for saying that the Libyan city of Sirte could become the next Dubai if it is cleared from "dead bodies."

    Boris Johnson made a gaffe while delivering a speech at a Conservative Party conference fringe meeting. The diplomat was talking about how Libya could be transformed into a popular tourist destination and when he suddenly remarked

    "The only thing they have to do is clear the dead bodies away."

    The comment later caused a barrage of criticism with Johnson's political opponents calling on the diplomat to resign. However, the British chief diplomat has fired back, saying that "people with no knowledge or understanding of Libya want to play politics with the appallingly dangerous reality in Sirte." He also tried to exonerate himself by saying that the dead bodies of Daesh militant should be taken away from the city streets.

    The reality there is that the clearing of corpses of Daesh fighters has been made much more difficult by IEDs and booby traps

    According to Reuters, on Thursday the Libyan parliament's committee for foreign affairs called the comments "unacceptable," demanding that Johnson apologize.

    "The committee demands a clarification from the British prime minister and an apology to the Libyan people," the parliamentarians stated.

    Libya has been in a state of turmoil since 2011 when a civil war began in the country and its longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown. In December 2015, Libya’s rival governments — the Council of Deputies based in Tobruk and the Tripoli-based General National Congress — agreed to create the Government of National Accord, to form the Presidency Council and to end the political impasse.

    comment, parliament, Boris Johnson, United Kingdom, Libya
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik