Tripoli, 24 April 2014:
Six Libyan officer cadets have been selected to attend a two-year training course in the UK, after excelling . . .[restrict]in a rigorous selection process which tested their physical fitness and leadership potential.
They will now travel to the UK for English language tuition, followed by officer training at some of the UK’s top military academies. Two recruits will attend the Britainia Royal Naval College, two will be sent to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and two will attend the Cranwell Royal Air Force College.
“I am delighted to meet the six Officer Cadets who will travel to the UK,” said UK Charge D’Affaires Andrew Allen at an event today to congratulate the recruits. “I was impressed by their determination and dedication to be selected and these qualities will serve them well in their training.”
Head of the Tripoli Joint Training Directorate, Colonel Omar Al-Hasnawi, congratulated the recruits on their achievement. He wished them well in their training and reminded them that they had an important duty in helping to build the Libyan armed forces.
The training is part of the UK’s ongoing commitment to supporting Libya in its transition. “As part of this support, the UK Government is committing up to £62.5 million over the next three years, to support the Libyan Government in strengthening the capability, accountability and responsiveness of its security, justice and defence sectors,” the British embassy said.
Allen said that the UK was proud of the ongoing support that it was providing, to help build strong Libyan armed forces. [/restrict]