The United Kingdom is all set to send a naval warship into Libyan waters in an effort to curb the trafficking of people and arms there, officials say.
Speaking from the G7 summit in Japan, a British government spokesman said Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday focused on making an intervention on the refugee boats in the Mediterranean and how to tackle the issue.
Britain has already sent four vessels along with NATO to monitor the waters off Libya.
Cameron argued in March that he wanted to extend the UK intervention closer to the Libyan coast.
The new deployment will be able to enter Libyan waters with UN approval, according to the Guardian.
The unnamed official said the warship will help “intercept boats off the coast, both those carrying migrants and those carrying arms.”
“We will now take an active leadership role in that process. Four military planners have deployed to Rome this week to the HQ of Operation Sophia, the naval mission in the…