France offers to help Libya tackle security

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Monday his country can help Libya tackle security issues in the wake of the 2011 revolt that toppled Moamer Kadhafi and brought democratic elections.

“We will stand by you to take up the security challenge,” said Fabius, the first representative of a foreign government to address the Libyan national assembly, which was elected in July, in Tripoli.

“I propose scaling up our security and defence cooperation to help you build the army and police forces that Libya needs. Should you express the wish, France will ask the European Union to provide you with assistance in this vital area,” he said.

Source and full story: Star Africa / AP, 12 Nov 2012

Tom Sullivan