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Al-Sarraj: British intervention is not needed

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The chief of the Presidential Council (PC) of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, notified Britain that Libya won’t be using foreign military role in its fight against the Islamic State group (IS), the Times reported.

“The idea that the British PM is yet able to give the green light to anything is premature, he needs to make sure he has the necessary support”, A British minister told the Times.

The source felt the force structure being floated – an Italian-led brigade of 6,000 with a 1,000-strong British component – would exacerbate internal divisions.

Britain has been expecting a demand of military intervention by the GNA.

In another development, the chief of foreign relations in the House of Commons in Britain, Crispin Blunt, said that members are deeply concerned of their country’s probable military involvement in Libya.

Members stated that they were informed during visits to Egypt and Tunisia last month that Britain will send 1000 soldiers in an international force of 6000 soldiers, Sky news reported.

These statements come after the British Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, said there is no immediate intention of Britain to deploy British troops on Libyan territory.