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Egypt urges lifting embargo to arm Libya forces

Egypt on Wednesday called on the United Nations to lift an arms embargo on Libya as Cairo pushes for greater international efforts to combat jihadists in its war-torn neighbour.

In talks in New York ahead of a UN Security Council meeting, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told fellow diplomats that Libya’s internationally recognised government needed to be better armed to take on Islamist militias who have seized large parts of the country. Sameh is calling on the Security Council to “assume its responsibilities in regards to the deteriorating situation in Libya” and to “reconsider the restrictions imposed on the Libyan government on arms deliveries,” the ministry said in a statement.

He also “underlined the need to allow countries in the region... to support the Libyan government’s efforts to impose its authority and restore stability”. Egypt is seeking UN backing for concerted international action after it launched air strikes on Islamic State group targets in Libya in response the jihadists beheading a group of Egyptian Christians.


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