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Hammond visits Libya to support new unity government

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has visited Libya. Credit: PA

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has made an unannounced visit to Libya in a show of support for the country's new UN-backed national unity government.

Mr Hammond was taken to Tripoli, where prime minister-designate Fayez Serraj is struggling to establish his authority.

He announced that the UK is committing £10 million to help the fledgling government, including £1.8 million to combat terrorism and £1.5 million to help prevent migrants from being smuggled into Europe.

The move follows the effective closure of the migrant trail through Turkey and Greece, prompting fears that people will try to reach Europe via Libya.

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EU talks: Leaders hope for deal to end refugee crisis

A woman pulls a girl out of the water as refugees and migrants land on Lesbos. Credit: Reuters

David Cameron will meet his fellow EU leaders in Brussels today to try an broker a deal with Turkey to stop the rising number of people crossing from its shores to Greece.

The Prime Minister is also expected to warn that there may be a rise in the number of migrants and refugees crossing from Libya to Europe.

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