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NATO Ready to Intervene in Situation in Libya if Requested by Unity Gov't

Sputnik News

01:41 25.05.2016

NATO is ready to intervene in the situation in Libya if the country’s Government of National Accord (GNA) files a corresponding request, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday.

ROME (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, Renzi told the Repubblica TV broadcaster that Italy had no intention to send its troops to Libya and that Rome intended to promote stability in this country through diplomatic means. According to Renzi, any decisions related to possible sending of the Italian forces abroad have to be approved by the country’s parliament.

“And we stand ready to help Libya build its own defence institutions if so requested by the new Government of National Accord in Libya as part of broader UN-led efforts. And I spoke recently with Prime Minister Sarraj on how NATO can assist and he will soon send a team of experts to NATO to identify how we can help the new Libyan Government of National Accord,” Stoltenberg said a joint press conference with the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

After Libyan long-standing leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011 by Western-backed rebels, two rival governments were formed in Tobruk and Tripoli.

The instability triggered the rise of numerous Islamic militant and terrorist groups, particularly Daesh, outlawed in Russia, which has been carrying out attacks on Libyan oil and other infrastructure.

In December 2015, Libya’s rival governments (the internationally-recognized Council of Deputies based in Tobruk and the Tripoli-based General National Congress) agreed to create a Government of National Accord and end the political struggle. Fayez Sarraj currently heads Libya’s Government of National Accord.

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