Tripoli, 24 May 2013:
Prime Minister Ali Zeidan is to visit NATO’s headquarters in Brussels on Monday in the first visit to the organisation since the overthrow of the Qaddafi regime.
Zeidan is due to talk to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The military alliance has said that it is ready to help Libya boost its security and modernise and rebuild its armed forces.
Libya has not made an formal request for such assistance to NATO itself though member countries do have bilateral programmes. Moreover Zeidan has said repeatedly that there could be no outside military interference in the country’s affairs and that demobilising the thuwars and restoring security had to be achieved by Libya itself.