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US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke by phone on September 19 with newly appointed Libyan Defense Minister Abdullah al-Thani. Mr. Hagel highlighted the United States' support to Libya and its people during its transition, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said. The two officials discussed how the United States military can assist training for Libyan security forces and strengthening regional security through stability and rule of law.
Since the toppling of former President Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the security and political situation in Libya has seriously deteriorated, and the international community with particular support from the US, France and the UK has decided to join forces to support "Libya's legitimate institutions." UK Prime Minister David Cameron told his Libyan counterpart Ali Zeidan that his country and NATO remain committed to supporting the development of Libya's security sector. In July, the British government had confirmed that "up to 2,000 personnel from the Libyan Armed Forces (were) to be trained in the UK."
European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton stressed the progress to date of the EU Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) Libya border mission and the importance of "Libya's efforts to reach to its neighbors in seeking greater regional security." Mrs. Ashton underlined Mr. Zeidan's efforts are "vital for Libya's economy and stability that oil flows return to previous levels."
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