US ready to loosen Libya arms embargo to help fight against ISIS: US official

Libyan pro-government forces patrolling an area on the outskirts of Benghazi on April 19.
Libyan pro-government forces patrolling an area on the outskirts of Benghazi on April 19. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US government is ready to loosen a United Nations ban on arms exports to Libya, in a bid to help the country's fledgling unity government fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), officials and diplomats told AFP.

"If the Libyan government prepares a detailed and coherent list of things that it wants to use to fight ISIL, and responds to all the requirements of the exemption, I think that (UN Security) Council members are going to look very seriously at that request," a senior administration official told AFP, using an alternate acronym for the militant group.

"There is a very healthy desire inside of Libya to rid themselves of ISIL, and I think that is something we should be supporting and responding to."