Military Capabilities

Libya finally requests NATO help

17 February 2017

After years of hesitation on the part of political authorities in Libya since NATO ended its military intervention in the country in 2011, Tripoli has finally submitted a request to the alliance for assistance in reforming its security structures.

"Last night I received a formal request from Libyan prime minister Fayez al-Sarraj," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters on 16 February at the conclusion of a two-day meeting of allied defence ministers. "This request has now been received, and the North Atlantic Council will discuss how to take it forward as soon as possible."

Stoltenberg said Sarraj requested NATO's advice and expertise in creating new defence and security institutions for Libya or, in NATO parlance, capacity building.

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