Benghazi: Turkey`s foreign minister says his country recognises the leadership of the Libyan rebels as the sole legitimate representatives of the country.
The show of diplomatic support by Turkey, a key regional player and the only Muslim-majority member of NATO, gave a boost to the rebels. The nod comes amid growing international isolation of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited the rebel stronghold of Benghazi in eastern Libya on Sunday. He says his country has given the rebels` Transitional National Council USD 300 million, two-thirds as a loan and one-third as a grant.
France, Italy, Qatar and several others in the region have already recognised the rebel government.