Thursday 27 July 2017

US and other world powers 'ready' to supply Libya's government with weapons to counter terrorists

US Secretary of State John Kerry attends the ministerial meeting on Libya in Vienna, Austria. Reuters/Leonhard Foeger/Pool
US Secretary of State John Kerry attends the ministerial meeting on Libya in Vienna, Austria. Reuters/Leonhard Foeger/Pool

The United States and other world powers have said they are ready to supply Libya's internationally recognised government with weapons to counter Islamic State and other terrorists.

The decision is stated in a communique prepared for the end of top-level talks on Libya and obtained by The Associated Press ahead of its release.

Libyia is under a UN embargo imposed to keep lethal arms away from terrorists and rival militias vying for power.

But the communique signed by the US, the four other permanent UN Security Council members, and the more than 15 other nations participating at the talks are "ready to respond to the Libyan government's requests for training and equipping" government forces. 

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