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Wednesday, July 10, 2013 10:09 AM
 
United Kingdom will trained up to 2,000 soldiers of the Libyan army in United Kingdom.
The Foreign Secretary of United Kingdom has confirmed that up to 2,000 personnel from the Libyan Armed Forces are to be trained in the UK. The UK Armed Forces are to train their Libyan counterparts in basic infantry skills and leadership training with courses beginning later this year, the Foreign Secretary William Hague confirmed to Parliament earlier in a written statement.
     
The Foreign Secretary of United Kingdom has confirmed that up to 2,000 personnel from the Libyan Armed Forces are to be trained in the UK. The UK Armed Forces are to train their Libyan counterparts in basic infantry skills and leadership training with courses beginning later this year, the Foreign Secretary William Hague confirmed to Parliament earlier in a written statement.
Libyan army forces gather at their headquarters in Tripoli on Oct. 18, 2012 before their deploy to the city of Bani Walid, some 185 km south of the capital.
     

The training will take place at a British Army site in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire. Members of the Libyan Armed Forces – all of whom will be vetted in advance for medical, physical and behavioural suitability – will be brought to the UK in a number of smaller groups for courses which are expected to last a minimum of 10 weeks. The Libyan Government will pay the costs of the training.

The training of Libyan Armed Forces personnel in the UK is part of a broader package of defence and security assistance developed with the US, France and Italy. This is aimed at supporting the Libyan Government’s efforts to increase the effectiveness and capacity of its security and justice sector institutions, and to ensure the state’s monopoly on security.

The Prime Minister of United Kingdom announced at last month’s G8 summit in Northern Ireland, in total more than 7,000 members of the Libyan Armed Forces will be trained by some G8 nations.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said: “The Government firmly believes that a stable, open and democratic Libya contributing to wider regional stability and security is in the UK’s interest.

"That is why we are working closely with the US and other European countries, to lead the broader international effort, coordinated by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), to support Libya’s democratic transition and the Libyan authorities’ efforts to make visible improvements in public security in Libya.”

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: “The UK’s Armed Forces are recognised as being amongst the best in the world so it is no surprise that we are one of the countries Libya has turned to for this specialist training.
"The UK provides world-class defence training and education to many counties, creating lasting ties between our Armed Forces and enhancing their ability to work together towards regional security and stability.”

Detailed planning remains ongoing and the UK Government continues to work on the specific terms of its assistance with the Libyan Government. Close engagement will also be conducted with local authorities and the Bassingbourn community in advance of the training commencing.

 

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