Britain has been warned to brace itself for 'boats full of terrorists' if Islamist fanatics are allowed to cement their foothold in Libya.
Egypt's Ambassador to the UK said the flood of migrants from north Africa poses a new threat now that the Islamic State controls the Libyan coastal town of Sirte.
Nasser Kamel's comments come after 2,164 migrants were rescued at sea in a 24-hour period over the weekend in what has been described as an 'exodus without precedent'.
He said: 'You know how far Sirte is from Italy? It's 300km.
'Those boat people who go for immigration purposes and try to cross the Mediterranean... in the next few weeks, if we do not act together, they will be boats full of terrorists also.'
Mr Kamel also criticised Britain and other countries that intervened militarily in Libya in 2011 for not doing enough to help the transition from Colonel Gaddafi's dictatorship to a legitimate state.
He told BBC's Newsnight: 'I think after toppling Gaddafi, while no one is questioning that he was a dictator, we as an international community, especially those that intervened militarily, did not put enough resources (in) for developing a modern, democratic, Libyan state.
'I think we should have done more, the UN should have been more involved.
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