The growing importance of the unrest in West Africa was highlighted last night when Downing Street announced the PM would be flying to Algeria tomorrow for urgent talks with Prime Minister, Abdelmalek Sellal.
Mr Cameron was already scheduled to attend a development conference in Monrovia, Liberia, but added the Algerian meeting following the recent hostage crisis at the Amenas gas plant which left six Britons and 47 others dead.
Number 10 said the discussions were likely to include the military campaign in Mali, a neighbour-state to Algeria.
These African johnnies know how to roll out the red carpet and treat one with respect. So unlike the miserable sods in Brussels. And far from the literal and metaphorical rain clouds of old Blighty ...