India backs Transitional Council of Libya

India said it supports the Transitional National Council (TNC) of Libya and expressed willingness to extend assistance to the Libyan people.

New Delhi: India on Saturday said it supports the
Transitional National Council (TNC) of Libya and expressed
willingness to extend all possible assistance to the Libyan
people in their political transition, rebuilding and
reconstruction activities.

"India extended support to the acceptance of credentials
of the delegation of the Transitional National Council of
Libya led by its President Mustafa Abdel Jalil to attend the
forthcoming UN General Assembly session in New York," the
Ministry of External Affairs said here in a statement.

India has been in contact with the TNC in Benghazi and
Cairo and has also participated as an observer in the Libyan
Contact Group meeting in Istanbul in July and recently at the
MOS level at the Paris Conference on Libya jointly organised
by France and UK on September 1, it said.

India will also be participating in the high-level
meeting on Libya scheduled to be held on the margins of the
UNGA on September 20, called by the UN Secretary General, the
statement said.

"In this meeting, India will reiterate its willingness to
extend all possible assistance to the people of Libya in their
political transition, rebuilding and reconstruction
activities," the MEA said, adding that "Our Charge d`Affairs
to Libya, currently based in Tunis, has formally established
contact with the TNC Mission in Tunis".

Indian has given humanitarian assistance worth USD 1
million through UN-OCHA to Libya and assistance of another USD
2 million is being processed, the ministry noted.

PTI

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