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Libyan troops to be trained in Cambridgeshire

Libyan troops are to be trained in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

Up to 2,000 members of the Libyan Armed Forces are to be trained by British military at the army site in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire.

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, to support Libya’s democratic transition and the Libyan authorities’ efforts to make visible improvements in public security in Libya.”

Libyan armed forces to be trained in Cambridgeshire

Up to 2,000 members of the Libyan Armed Forces are to be trained by British military at the army site in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire.

The British government says it's an effort to professionalise Libya's military. They will be coached in basic infantry skills and leadership.

Foreign Secretary William Hague says they will be trained in small groups over a 10-week course and will be vetted in advance for medical, physical and behavioural suitability.

The Libyan Government will pay the costs of the training.

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