By Sami Zaptia.
Tripoli, 10 April 2014:
Libyan language students at Tripoli university were honoured by British ambassador Micheal Arron yesterday for their . . .[restrict]help with interpretation and form filling in the interview process of training Libyan soldiers.
Twenty seven students were given certificates at a ceremony held at the Tripoli university Language Centre yesterday for their help in processing 400 soldiers applying to go on the first training programme in Britain. Three hundred soldiers successfully made it through into the first group of trainees.
Opening the ceremony, Tripoli University Chancellor Madani Dakheel, said that “security is the bases for Libya’s progress and the University of Tripoli is keen to cooperate in playing its role to achieve that. The university is also keen to cooperate with British institutions, including educational establishments”, he added.
“This cooperation”, however, “must be beneficial to both sides. This experience of cooperation is a good start for further future Libyan-British cooperation”, he concluded.
British ambassador Michael Aron, for his part, said that “this training programme was probably the most important contribution the UK is making to Libya at the moment. Therefore, every aspect has to succeed. These recruits need to understand that it is a quality programme that needs to be taken seriously. In six months it is hoped that they will come back as soldiers of the Libyan Army and help establish security in Libya”, he concluded.
Stuart Roberts, Deputy Commander UK Advisory and Training Team said that “this UK training programme of 2,000 soldiers is part of a larger 15,000 and 30,000 international programme to train Libyan troops. It is part of a significant Libyan and international effort to deliver peace and security for Libya”. [/restrict]