World powers prepared to arm UN-backed Libyan government
UN security council members say they are ready to respond to request for weapons to combat Isis following Vienna talks
The US and other world powers have said they are ready to supply #Libya’s internationally recognised government in Tripoli with specific weapons to counter #Islamic State, as well as to train the new Libyan government’s presidential guard. They are also willing to train the Libyan coastguard to do more to stop people smuggling across the Mediterranean to Italy. Oil shipments from Libya are also to be resumed.
The announcements on Monday, designed to boost the new government of Fayez al-Sarraj as the sole legitimate authority in Libya, were made following a meeting in Vienna of diplomats including those from #Europe, the US and the Middle East.