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Libya premier urges lifting of arms embargo and asset freeze
Associated Press
Libya’s new prime minister called on the international community to help the country bolster its fight against terrorism Sunday, urging the lifting an arms embargo and release of funds that remain frozen under United Nations sanctions.
The call was the latest move by the head of Libya’s United Nations-backed government to assert authority, after it began to set up shop in a naval base in the capital, Tripoli, since Fayez al-Sarraj’s return to the country in March. He has been unable to exercise much power beyond his office walls – much like his predecessors. The European Union has been seeking to boost Sarraj’s authority.
Speaking at the Arab League in Cairo, Sarraj, prime minister of the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord, said the Libyan people were suffering and needed both the arms and assets to battle Daesh (ISIS).
“It doesn’t make sense that the international community supports our war against terrorism, and forbids us from arming ourselves,” Sarraj said.
Daesh militants gained a foothold in Libya amid the power struggle and security vacuum, taking over the central city of Sirte and carrying out deadly attacks across the country.
At the moment, the forces of Libya’s rival powers in the east and west of the country are moving on the city of Sirte, vowing to free it from the hold of Daesh, with each side aiming to capture the central city as a way to gain advantage over the other. The danger is they could very well fight each other as well.
 
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