The Government has called on Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Qadhafi to stand down to save his people from further suffering. External site: [PM optimistic about Libya future](http://www.number10.gov.uk/news/pm-optimistic-about-libya-future/)
The Prime Minister has chaired a National Security Council meeting on Libya this morning.
Last night a statement from Downing Street said:
It is clear from the scenes we are witnessing in Tripoli that the end is near for Qadhafi.
He has committed appalling crimes against the people of Libya and he must go now to avoid any further suffering for his own people.
On Friday, Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the newly appointed Libyan charge d’affaires to Downing Street where he underlined his “optimism” for Libya’s democratic future.