Prime Minister of Libya's unity government Fayez Seraj speaks during an interview with Reuters in his office at the naval base of Tripoli, Libya, June 3, 2016. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny
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Libya is uniting its various armed factions and will be able to eradicate Daesh (ISIS) militants on its territory with its own forces, the head of the United Nations-backed "unity" government in Tripoli said Friday.No one would be excluded from a national army as long as they submitted to central political authority, he told Reuters in his first interview with international media since arriving in Tripoli in late March.He also said Libya should retain sovereign control over tackling the crisis of illegal migrants crossing from Libya to Italy in creaking old boats that have frequently sunk, killing many hundreds of people.Sarraj's government is the result of a U.N.-mediated deal to stop the anarchy and conflict plaguing Libya since the 2011 uprising that ended Moammar Gadhafi's four decades in power. Western states see it as the best hope for uniting Libya's many political factions and armed groups to tackle Daesh and crack down on people-smuggling.
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