Iran hails liberation of Libya

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 17:06

Tehran: Iran`s foreign minister, Ali Akbar
Salehi, has sent a message to the new leaders of Libya hailing
"the total liberation of the country," the Mehr news agency
reported on Tuesday.

Salehi said he hoped the Libyan people would exercise
their sovereignty by "installing a regime based on religious
democracy while preserving the independence and stability of
the country with no influence or interference by foreign
forces."

The comments were made in a message addressed to Libya`s
interim leader, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, Mehr said.

Abdel Jalil yesterday stated that Libya would remain a
"moderate" Muslim country, after having raised concerns in the
West on Sunday by stressing that Islamic sharia law would
prevail.

Iran, which uses a form of sharia law as the basis of its
legal system, backed the revolt against Libya`s toppled, late
leader Muammar Gaddafi, though it did not formally recognise
Abdel Jalil`s National Transitional Council and was opposed to
the NATO intervention.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on
Friday welcomed the death of Gaddafi, saying it removed any
"pretext" for NATO to continue its air operations in Libya.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 14:30

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