Egypt to train Libyan police and army forces

Aya Nader
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Egypt has decided to open its doors to train the Libyan police, army and all their subsidiary bodies, and will collaborate with neighbouring countries to collect illegal arms.

Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdel Aziz , head of the Libyan Parliament Saleh Okeila, and Military head Abdel Razek Al-Nazouri announced the collaborations following a meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, reported state-owned Al-Ahram.

Okeila said that Libya will remain united, while Al-Nazouri said the Libyan army is capable of “crushing extremists and terrorists”.

The Libyan Foreign Minister asserted that there was no legitimate authority in Libya except the elected parliament.

He also said that the process of collecting arms will be conducted in parallel with the neighbouring countries and is aimed to achieve national consensus. This is especially so given that some of the armed groups in Libya contributed in the overthrow of former Gaddafi.

“We will talk with those who wish to hand over weapons, while terrorist groups that insist on the use of violence will be crushed and we are capable of doing so,” said the Libyan Military Head.

This came after the three Libyan officials met with President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi.

They praised the Egyptian support Al-Sisi showed during their meeting, said Al-Ahram. Al-Sisi said that Libyan wounded would be treated in armed forces hospitals at Egypt’s expense.

Egypt held the fourth ministerial meeting on Monday for Libya’s neighbouring countries in which foreign ministers from Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Sudan and other countries discussed the ongoing turmoil in the country. The foreign ministers and the head of the Arab League stressed during the meetings their concern for preserving the “unity and sovereignty” of Libya.

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