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Russia says open to working with US to try to resolve Libya crisis

The Libyan government is allowed to import weapons and related material with the approval of a UN Security Council committee. (Reuters)

Russia is open to working with the United States to try to solve the crisis in Libya, Russia’s ambassador to Libya was cited as saying on Friday by the RIA news agency.

He was also cited as saying that Moscow was ready to initiate the lifting of an international arms embargo on Libya, but that was something he said could only be done once the North African country had a united army.

He also mentioned that there are no guarantees yet that the weapons given to Libya will not end up in terrorists’ hands.

The Libyan government is allowed to import weapons and related material with the approval of a UN Security Council committee overseeing the embargo imposed in 2011.

Libya is subject to an arms embargo imposed on its security authorities by the international community amid chaos that pervades the country and the proliferation of weapons between a number of militia.

The Libyan army led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar has demanded several times to lift the arms embargo, Meanwhile, Fayez al-Sarraj's government also called on the United Nations to lift the ban.

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Last Update: Friday, 15 December 2017 KSA 13:46 - GMT 10:46
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