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Germany mulls police training in rebel-held Benghazi

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, Jun 8, IRNA -- The German government is pondering plans to train police in the Libyan rebel-held city of Benghazi, a foreign ministry spokesman said here Wednesday.

Andreas Peschke told media representatives that Berlin is looking 'very concretely into the option' of training police in Benghazi 'as soon as the situation allows it.'

Germany which refused to play a direct military role in the controversial UN-supported NATO operation to enforce a no-fly zone, has faced tremendous pressure by the US to play a greater role in Libya.

Meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington on Tuesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated her willingness to assume a greater role in the war-stricken country, including providing humanitarian aid, economic reconstruction and rebuilding state institutions.

Obama had pressed on the issue during his talks with Merkel in the White House, saying he expected Germany to play a bigger role in Libya once Moammar Qadhafi's regime is no longer in power.

'There is going to be a lot of work to do when Qadhafi does step down in terms of getting the Libyan people back on their feet - economic, political work that's going to have to be done,' Obama said.

'And my expectation is going to be that there will be full and robust German support, as there have been -- has been in the past from Germany on a wide range of issues,' added Obama.

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