No plan or ‘appetite’ to send combat troops to Libya – Hammond

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‘British combat troops will not be deployed to Libya and any plans to do so in future will be debated in the House of Commons, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has promised MPs on his return from a surprise visit to the war-torn country.

Hammond issued a statement on his trip before the House on Tuesday, claiming troops would only be sent in a training capacity and only along lines agreed with the new Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA).

He said Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj, to whom he has pledged £10 million (about US$14.4 million) in funding, had unequivocally stated there was no “appetite for foreign combat troops” among Libyan people.’

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