The British government welcomed the UN Security Council's decision to extend international sanctions against Libya until February 2020, particularly the council's decision to extend sanctions to include sexual violence.
"The council's decision to expand the scope of sanctions to include gender-based violence sends a strong signal that the international community will not tolerate such crimes," British Security Council representative Stephen Hickey said on Monday night.
"International sanctions remain a vital tool for the Council and for our work to support the efforts of the National Reconciliation Government to stabilize Libya," he said.
But he stressed at the same time that "sanctions are only part of the solution, but resolving the crisis in Libya requires comprehensive political settlement."
Hickey renewed British government support to the Presidential Council and the National Reconciliation Government, headed by Fayez Al-Sarraj, as the legitimate executive authorities under the Libyan political agreement signed in Skhirat.
"The Security Council must be prepared to take swift action against those who continue to undermine efforts to restore peace, security and stability in Libya," he said.