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    UN Considers Supplying Weapons to Libya Despite Embargo

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    Earlier Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni and US Secretary of State John Kerry said the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) would be able to request and receive weapons specifically to counter terrorist groups.

    VIENNA, (Sputnik) — The UN Security Council Sanctions Committee will make decisions on possible exemptions from the arms embargo to deliver weapons for the GNA to fight terrorism, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni told Sputnik on Monday.

    Earlier in the day, Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj called for lifting arms embargo to support the national army. In response, Gentiloni and US Secretary of State John Kerry said the GNA would be able to request and receive weapons specifically to counter terrorist groups.

    "The Sanctions Committee on Libya at the UN [headquarters] in New York will take this decision on making exemptions. I do not know when, but it will be upon the request from the Libyan government [of National Accord]," Gentiloni told Sputnik.

    The UN Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Libya in 2011, during the Arab Spring revolution, citing government violence against civilians.

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