17 May 2016

Libya: U.S., Allies 'Ready to Respond' to Libyan Arms Requests

Photo: Libération
The UN says it's worried about the threat pose by the proliferation "unsecured" arms and ammunition.

Vienna — The United States and other allied nations say they will work to provide Libya's internationally recognised government with weapons to battle Islamic State (IS).

Secretary of State John Kerry noted the "delicate balance" of providing such arms during a press conference with the Italian foreign minister and Libyan Prime Minister in Vienna, Austria, on Monday following an international meeting to offer support to the Government of National Accord.

In a joint communiqué, the nations said that while the broader embargo will remain in place, they are "ready to respond to the Libyan government's requests for training and equipping" government forces.

"We will fully support these efforts while continuing to reinforce the UN arms embargo," the communiqué added.

The Libyan Government of National Accord said it would submit requests to be exempted from UN arms embargoes currently in place to acquire lethal arms and material in order to counter UN-designated terrorist groups like IS.

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