229 words - September 25, 2013 | © DiploNews, all rights reserved.
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."
Parts of or the whole information published on this page is likely to originate from Official Institutions like Governments, Ministries, Embassies and States. Its reproduction on this page does not constitute any endorsement from DiploNews and any of its affiliates and/or partners. If titles are sometimes modified for better understanding, the contents are reproduced exactly as delivered by the institution that first published it. To know the exact origin, click on 'view original source' at the end of the page. All information that originates from DiploNews is copyrighted and cannot be reproduced without written express authorization from DiploNews.