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Hammond: No British combat troops to Libya but military trainers could go

File picture of British troops. Credit: Reuters

The Foreign Secretary has just updated the Commons on his trip to Libya to meet the Government of National Accord (GNA).

Amongst what emerged are seven interesting points:

  • Libya does not want, and Britain is not planning, a combat mission
  • A combat mission or airstrikes in Libya would "trigger the convention" of a vote in the House of Commons
  • The UK does however stand ready to offer a training and technical mission
  • This could be delivered elsewhere in the region if Libya is considered too risky
  • A training mission would not require Parliamentary approval
  • The Libyans have not yet asked for a training mission
  • But "they may well ask for some support" at a later date

So we're not sending combat troops but we are ready to send training personnel if and when they ask.

Foreign Secretery Philip Hammond. Credit: PA
A fire rages in Libya. Credit: Reuters
Libya has been in chaos since the overthrow of Colonel Gaddafi. Credit: Reuters