Libya - Q&R - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (Paris, May 17, 2016)

Q - Does France concur with yesterday’s announcement by John Kerry that we can arm the Libyan national unity government?

A - Maintaining the arms embargo is necessary. France hopes that the mandate of EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia can soon be expanded to this end.

As was decided at yesterday’s meeting in Vienna, it is vital to help the national unity government control and guarantee the security of Libya’s territory. Only this government can legitimately request exceptions to the arms embargo.