At least eight United Nations Security Council members delayed approval on Monday of a request by Libya to import weapons, tanks, jets and helicopters to take on Islamic State militants and monitor its borders, diplomats said.

Spain – supported by Lithuania, Chile, New Zealand, Britain, France, Angola and the United States – placed a so-called “hold” on the request to the Security Council committee that oversees an arms embargo imposed on the North African state in 2011, said council diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“Spain would appreciate further information on the point of origin of the weapons requested and the arrangements established for transportation,” the Spanish U.N. mission wrote to the chair of the committee in a note seen by Reuters. […]