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Turkish PM promises help for Libya's new rulers

Turkish PM promises help for Libya's new rulers
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Lapping up the praise for his backing of the uprising in Libya.

The Turkish Prime Minister has spoken in front of chanting crowds in Benghazi, following close in the footsteps of the British and French leaders.

Speaking in Turkish, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara would take a lead in helping Libya move onto its next phase.

He said: “We have made moves internationally for the removal of the United Nations sanctions against the old regime and for Libyan assets abroad, which belong to the people of Libya, to be used for the benefit of the Libyan people.”

On Friday the UN Security Council voted to ease sanctions on Libya.

Restrictions on the country’s state oil company and central bank are among those lifted.

The vote also paves for the way for a new UN mission to Libya.