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Kuwait gives $182 million to Libyan rebels

25 April 2011 No Comment

KUWAIT on Sunday gave 50 million dinars (S$224 million) to the Libyan opposition Transitional National Council (TNC), its chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil said.

‘This amount will help us pay part of the salaries of employees,’ Mr Jalil told reporters after talks with Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah. ‘We are in need of urgent assistance.’

Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah said ‘Kuwait will provide large and urgent humanitarian aid through the national council.’ Sheikh Mohammad said Kuwait and the TNC ‘will work closely so that it becomes the legitimate channel of the Libyan people,’ but stopped short of officially recognising the council.

‘Recognition is a secondary issue,’ Abdel Hafiz Ghoqa, spokesman for the TNC in Benghazi told reporters, adding that the quality of cooperation with Kuwait showed the friendly nation’s ‘approval’ for east Libya’s nascent government.

France, Gambia, Italy and Qatar are the only countries so far to have recognised the TNC, Libya’s parallel government.

The Kuwaiti foreign minister also said the emir informed Jalil that Kuwait fully complies with UN Security Council resolution 1973 which called for using all means necessary to protect Libyan civilians.

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