Libya

Defence written question – answered on 13th February 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what involvement UK armed forces currently have in Libya.

Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The UK has a Defence Advisory Team in Tripoli of 24 personnel, commanded by a Brigadier, which works to support the UK/Libya relationship and provides advice through advisors embedded in the Libyan MOD, navy, air force, land forces and border security force. There is also a senior disarmament advisor working with the Government of Libya, the UN and international partners on disarmament issues.

The team also provides the platform for short term training teams to support a variety of programmes, including strategic communication, developing explosive ordnance disposal schools, supporting the creation of a joint operational planning staff and naval training.

In November 2013, the UK also established a Defence Section within the British embassy, Tripoli with a Defence Attaché.

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