Kerry, EU threaten to sanction hindering Libyan figures


The U.S. and European powers on Sunday threatened sanctions against Libyans who block the formation of a unified national government, seeking to end political gridlock in the oil-rich nation amid mounting fears it is becoming a haven for Islamic State.

Western powers have been waiting for months for Libya’s myriad warring political factions and militias to agree on a national government, which could then officially request help from Europe and the U.S. in the fight against Islamic State.

“Daesh is growing its presence in Libya,” said Mr. Kerry, using an Arabic name for the group, “and we have made it clear, the determination, that that will not be allowed to go unaddressed.”

The US State Secretary threatened along with his European allies to sanction those figures and political parties who are getting in the way of passing the UN-backed Government of National Accord, which called Saturday on all state institutions to hand over power peacefully.

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