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Turkey reveals support for Libyan rebels

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Turkey reveals support for Libyan rebels


Turkey has been bankrolling Libya’s rebel leadership.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu revealed the government has been supporting the rebels when he made a visit to their eastern Libyan stronghold of Benghazi.

He said Turkey has given the rebels more than 140 million euros in financial support since the conflict began.

He said Ankara is also supporting humanitarian projects worth more than 70 million euros.

Davutoglu declined to give further details, but said Turkey had full confidence in Mustafa Abdel-Jalil’s leadership of the Transitional National Council.

“Security support provided by NATO forces will continue until security is fully established in Libya. Libya’s political and territorial unity must be fully secured,” Davutoglu said at the news conference held jointly with Mustafa Abdel Jalil.

“Frozen assets of Libya should be unfrozen to help Libya before the end of Ramadan,” Davutoglu said. “Libyans need financial resources rapidly.”

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