US ambassador denies rift with UK over Libya crisis

The US ambassador to the UK insists the ‘special relationship’ between Washington and London was still special, and praised the two countries’ joint handling of a number of crises in recent years.

In an interview with ITV News published on Friday, Matthew Barzun said “we’re working together, US and UK to make the world more peaceful, more prosperous, more just.”

He made the comments after Obama recently criticized Britain and France over their Libya policy in the aftermath of the 2011 overthrow of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

In an interview with the Atlantic magazine, Obama said he was wrong to believe the allies would be “invested in the follow-up” to Gaddafi’s ouster.

“When I go back and I ask myself what went wrong, there’s room for criticism, because I had more faith in the Europeans, given Libya’s proximity, being invested in the follow-up,” Obama said.

In March 2011, a coalition of Western countries, including the United States,…

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