Russia recognises anti-Gaddafi national council: Foreign Minister
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 22:27
Moscow: Russia on Tuesday said it recognises anti-Gaddafi Transitional National Council as a legitimate negotiator in resolving the Libya crisis and deciding the future of the troubled North African nation.

"The Transitional National Council does not seek to be recognised as the only legitimate representative of the Libyan people, but wants to be seen as a legitimate partner in negotiations on Libya's future," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

Yesterday, Lavrov had a meeting with Abdel Rahman Shalgham, a representative of the Libyan opposition seeking ouster of Muanmmar Gaddafi.

After his meeting here Shalgham claimed the Libyan opposition and Russia have an understanding regarding the recognition of the opposition government in Benghazi.

"We have a mutual understanding on the issue of recognising the transitional government in Benghazi. The fact that I was received in Moscow by Russian Foreign Minister (Lavrov) speaks of the role and importance of the Council," Shalgham told reporters and ruled out talks with the Gaddafi regime.

Last week, Lavrov had a meeting with Gaddafi's personal envoy Muhammad Ahmed al-Sharif, secretary general of the World Islamic Call Society to "assist the mediatory efforts of the United Nations and the African Union."


First Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 22:27

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