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Libya asks UN Security Council to lift arms embargo so it can fight Islamic State group

  • Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Elhadi Dayri speaks during a Security Council meeting on the situation in Libya, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at United Nations headquarters.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Elhadi Dayri speaks during a Security Council meeting on the situation in Libya, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)  (The Associated Press)

  • United Nations Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Bernardino Leon Gross is seen on a video screen as he speaks during a Security Council meeting on the situation in Libya, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at United Nations headquarters.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    United Nations Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Bernardino Leon Gross is seen on a video screen as he speaks during a Security Council meeting on the situation in Libya, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)  (The Associated Press)

  • Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, right, speaks to Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin after a Security Council meeting on the situation in Libya, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at United Nations headquarters.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, right, speaks to Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin after a Security Council meeting on the situation in Libya, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)  (The Associated Press)

Libya's foreign minister is asking the U.N. Security Council to lift an arms embargo so the country can fight the growing threat of the Islamic State group.

Foreign Minister Mohammed al Dairi spoke to an emergency session of the council Tuesday amid regional alarm after the Islamic State group posted a video of the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya.

He stresses that Libya is not asking for international intervention, but his country has asked neighboring Egypt to support the Libyan army.

Al Dairi says the international community has a "legal and moral responsibility to lend urgent support" and the region, including the Mediterranean, is in danger.

"If we fail to have arms provided to us, this can only play into the hands of extremists," he says.