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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg chairs a NATO-Georgia defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir


BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Libya's U.N.-backed government has sent the NATO military alliance a formal request for help to train and develop the country's armed forces, which are depleted from years of conflict and are fighting Islamist militants.

"This request ... we received yesterday, so we have just started to look into what kind of support we could offer," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference.

"The request is about help for building security and defence institutions."

(Reporting by Robin Emmott; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)