Libya premier urges lifting of arms embargo, asset freeze

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Libya's new prime minister is calling on the international community to help the country bolster its fight against terrorism by lifting an arms embargo and unfreezing funds that remain under U.N. sanctions.

Speaking at the Arab league in Cairo, Fayez al-Serraj, prime minister of the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord, says that "it doesn't make sense that the international community supports our war against terrorism, and forbids us from arming ourselves."

Al-Serraj also met the Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi during his trip, whose office said in a statement later that he wished al-Serraj success, and would continue to support him and the Libyan army. Egypt supports the lifting of the weapons embargo.

Al-Serraj also said that the root causes of illegal immigration must be addressed.