Hillary recommends $25 mn US aid to Libyan rebels

The USD 25 million aid for Libyan rebels would not include arms.

Washington: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has recommended USD 25 million in US aid for Libyan rebels that would not include arms, the State Department said on Wednesday.

"Secretary Clinton ... has recommended the President authorise up to USD 25 million in nonlethal commodities and services," said State Department spokesman Mark Toner.

"This is not a blank check. This is not USD 25 million in actual cash or money. It`s actually in goods and services that would be drawn down from items already in government stocks that correspond with the needs of the TNC (Transitional National Council)," he said.
President Barack Obama still has to sign off on the recommendation to provide equipment like radios, body armour and halal ready-to-eat meals, Toner said.

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