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Libyan Newswire

Libya calls for Russian support over arms e…

NNA – The prime minister of Libya’s internationally recognised government appealed Wednesday for Russia’s help in securing the lifting of an arms embargo on the conflict-torn nation.

Abdullah al-Thani asked for Moscow’s assistance in removing the United Nations’ weapons ban during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

“We would like to ask Russia to take the side of the Libyan people and support the restoration of state institutions and security measures in the country,” Thani said.

Thani called on Moscow to take steps “within international organisations, to end an embargo on arms supplies to the Libyan army and launch a process to restore the combat readiness of the Libyan armed forces”.

Libya’s beleaguered authorities appealed in February to the UN Security Council to lift an arms embargo to allow its military to fight Islamic State jihadists in the country.–AFP

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