Gentiloni and Sarraj shake hands.
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Italy's foreign minister arrived in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, Tuesday in a show of support for a U.N.-backed unity government that Western nations hope can unite the oil-rich country and lead the fight against a powerful Daesh (ISIS) affiliate. Paolo Gentiloni is the first European official to visit Libya since the head of the unity government arrived in Tripoli by sea late last month after a rival government backed by Islamists prevented him from landing at the airport. That government resigned a week later, but a third rival government is still based in Libya's far east.Western nations now hope that a unity government led by Fayez al-Sarraj, a little-known technocrat, can bring Libya together and combat a local Daesh branch that has seized the central city of Sirte.
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