Monday, December 5, 2011

France Willing to Help Libyans With Training

TRIPOLI, Libya - France is ready to offer military training to Libya and is examining ways to boost its cooperation with the new regime, French army chief of staff Adm. Edouard Guillaud said Dec. 5.
"France is ready to provide what the Libyan government asks for, particularly in [military] training," Guillaud said after talks with Libyan leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil and Defence Minister Osama Juili.
He said his visit was to "contact our Libyan counterparts after the revolution, to see how to cooperate now that peace has returned."
"We had relations with the former Libyan Army. We will revive them, either with the Navy, Air Force or Army."
Asked if arms sales were discussed with Libya's leaders, Guillaud replied: "I am a user, not a seller, of weapons."
France spearheaded the NATO operation which helped topple Moammar Gadhafi, who was captured and killed Oct. 20 after ruling Libya for more than 42 years.

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