April 22, 2016 / 5:07 PM / in a year

Obama says no plans to deploy ground troops in Libya

US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in central London with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (unseen) following a meeting at Downing Street, in London, Britain April, 22, 2016. REUTERS/Ben Stansall/Pool

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday there were no plans to deploy ground troops in Libya, but that the United States would not wait to see if Islamic State starts to gain a foothold there.

Speaking in London, Obama said it would be a challenge to support Libya’s nascent government.

Reporting by UK Bureau, writing by Andy Bruce; editing by Stephen Addison

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