President Barack Obama and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi shake hands after their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 17, 2015. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
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President Barack Obama on Friday urged Gulf nations to help calm the chaotic political situation in Libya, saying that outside military action would not be enough to help reduce tensions in the war-ravaged North African country.After a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the White House, Obama said a political solution was needed in the oil-rich Mediterranean state, where two rival governments are fighting for control. Obama noted ISIS militants, who have taken over large parts of Syria and Iraq, have also been active in Libya.The United States, Italy and their allies must combine counterterrorism efforts with a push for a political resolution, Obama said.
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