Tripoli, Libya - Libya will soon ask the UN Security Council to lift its embargo on arms import imposed against the country in 2011, Libyan Prim Minister, Ali Zeidan, said on Wednesday.
The Security Council imposed the embargo against the import of arms at the beginning of the people’s uprising that resulted in the fall of the Mouammar Kadhafi regime in 2011. The UN said the ban was aimed at protecting civilian populations.
The Libyan news agency said Ali Zeidan, who was speaking at the end of a meeting on the reform of the armed forces, said that he would discuss the issue with the president of the Security Council.
The armed forces chief of staff, Youssouf al-Mankouch, said Libya expressed the wish to rebuild its armed forces and that it would call for international assistance to determine its armament needs.