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Jordan, Libya to increase military cooperation

IANS  |  Amman 

Jordan will increase military cooperation with Libya, including helping to train Libyan army forces, commander of the Libyan army Khalifa Haftar said on Monday.

Haftar, who arrived in Jordan on Friday, made the remarks after meeting several Jordanian officials and military officers, Xinhua reported.

Jordan and Libya agreed to increase military cooperation and to treat injured members of the Libyan army in Jordan, Haftar said, adding that Libyan army members will be trained in Jordan benefiting from Jordan' expertise in countering terrorism.

Haftar also called for giving weapons to the Libyan army as they were fighting the Islamic State (IS) and other terrorist groups.

Haftar said a political solution in Libya will help to end the crisis in the country, but putting an end to the IS can be only through force and power.

"The Libyan army has military capabilities, but we need more weapons and more military support to defeat the IS," he said.

Haftar has visited Jordan several times over the past few months, seeking to gain help to advance the capabilities of the internationally-recognized Libyan army.

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First Published: Mon, August 24 2015. 22:40 IST