The UN Security Council unanimously voted on 28 March to extend its arms embargo on Libya although it allowed space for restrictions to be lifted on a case by case basis by calling on the Sanctions Committee to consider requests for the transfer of arms and related material to the Libyan Government for use by the official armed forces in its fight against IS and its supporters.

The UN’s Representative to the UN, Ibrahim Dabbashi, painted a positive spin on things, declaring that the door was now open for the arming of the Libyan National Army. He stated, “The decision calls on all countries to help confront terrorism in Libya by all means and to provide Libya the necessary assistance in security and capacity building….. It makes fighting terrorism in Libya an international duty.”