Libyan minister of interior says Egypt to train police forces

Ahram Online , Thursday 9 Oct 2014

Interior ministers of both countries agreed that Egypt will train Libyan forces to fight terrorism and secure the shared border

Omar Al-Sanky
Libyan minister Omar Al-Sanky (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Libyan minister Omar Al-Sanky held talks with his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Ibrahim on Thursday in which both leaders agreed that Cairo would train Libya's security forces to help fight "terrorism," Al-Ahram’s Arabic News website reported.

Al-Sanky – who’s in Cairo along with a high-ranking Libyan delegation for talks with Egyptian officials – said they seek to "train Libyan forces and boost their efficiency, as well as exchange information to combat terrorism."

Libya has been engulfed by insurgencies since the 2011 toppling of long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi, with interim authorities fighting Islamist-led militias that have seized the capital Tripoli and named a rival government.

The Egyptian official emphasised the necessity to cement cooperation with Egypt's neighbour to bolster border security and control to curb arms trafficking across the shared frontier.

He was quoted by Al-Ahram as saying that Egypt welcomes Libya's request for training.

Both leaders stressed the need for trading intelligence on militants who have found haven in border areas to carry out "terrorist" operations.

Libya's interim Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni already met on Wednesday with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his Egyptian counterpart Ibrahem Mahlab where he said he would seek Egypt's training for Libyan military and police.

Egypt has expressed alarm over a possible spillover of violence engulfing neighbouring Libya and the border-crossing of militants into its lands.

More than 20 military border guards were killed by militants in July near the frontier with Libya, heightening anxiety over threats coming from Jihadist fighters along the border.

Egyptian officials say Libyan fighters have forged ties with insurgents at home who have stepped up attacks on police and troops following the 2013 army's ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

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