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UK pledges $14 million for Libya's unity govt

UK pledges $14 million for Libya's unity govt

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During a surprise visit to Libya, the UK’s Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond pledged about 14 million US dollars in funding for the new unity government.

Hammond who met with Prime Minister-designate Fayez Sarraj in Tripoli, visited Libya in a show of support for the country’s new UN-backed national unity government.

“I am pleased to announce that Britain is committed to providing assistance of 10 million pounds to the unity government,” said Hammond

I am pleased to announce that Britain is committed to providing assistance of 10 million pounds to the unity government.

He also pledged to provide training support to the administration’s armed forces.

The money pledged by the UK to the new Government of National Accord (GNA) includes about $2.129 700 milion for tackling illegal migration, smuggling and organised crime, and about $2.555 640 million to support counter-terrorism activities.

Libya has been beset by chaos since NATO-backed forces overthrew ruler Col Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011.

Hammond also discussed the administration’s plans for rebuilding the economy and restoring public services, the Foreign Office said.

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