Libya: No immediate call for foreign airstrikes against ISIS

2015-12-24 08:37
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New York - Libya's UN ambassador says his country's new national unity government will not immediately ask countries like the United States and Britain to intervene with airstrikes against the growing presence of the Islamic State group.

Libya's UN Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi tells The Associated Press he would rather see a UN arms embargo loosened so his country can defend itself against ISIS instead.

He spoke shortly before the Security Council endorsed a UN-brokered deal on Wednesday to form a unity government that Libya's rival factions signed last week.

The resolution also asks countries to help Libya defeat ISIS.

The international community has pressed for Libya's two rival governments to come together to stabilize the oil-rich African country.

The new agreement calls for a national unity government to be formed within 30 days.

Read more on:    un  |  isis  |  libya  |  north africa

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