The U.S. government and other world powers are prepared to help train and arm forces from the new unity government in Libya to help it fight Islamic State, which has spread rapidly in the turbulent North African nation.
Speaking in Vienna, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States and other major nations would back the Libyan government’s attempt to win an exemption from a United Nations arms embargo.
Kerry said it was “imperative” for the international community to support the 6-week-old government in Tripoli, which he called “the only legitimate one in Libya and which must now start to work.”
The fledgling government, which arrived by boat from neighboring Tunisia on March 31, “is the only entity that can unify the country,” Kerry said. “It is the only way to generate the cohesion necessary to defeat” Islamic State.
Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Serraj, who appeared with Kerry, said he welcomed the support.