Libya's foreign minister says will draw on Arab support to push for UN to lift arms embargo

Libya's foreign minister says the internationally-recognized government will draw on Arab support to urge the U.N. to lift an arms embargo in place since 2011.

Mohammed al-Dairi said in a Wednesday press conference in Cairo that Libya will use the Arab League's call a day earlier for the embargo to be lifted to allow Libya to better combat a local Islamic State affiliate.

In March, the Security Council renewed the weapons ban, but allowed a sanctions committee to review requests for exemptions. U.N. members are concerned that weapons could fall into the hands of any number of armed groups.

Al-Dairi says his country is going to be part of a joint Arab force to be used to intervene in regional crises and combat terrorism.