Turkey Pledges USD 300 M in Aid to Libyan Rebels


Πρωταγωνίστρια η Τουρκία και στην Λιβύη ενώ εμείς… μείναμε με τον Μουαμάρ αλ Καντάφι.


Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Photo by EPA/BGNES

August 23, 2011

Turkey has pledged a massive assistance grant to Libyan rebelsTransitional National Council, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has announced.

Speaking Tuesday in Benghazi at a joint news conference with the leader of the Libyan rebels Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Davutoglu expressed confidence in the Transitional National Council just as its rebel fighters have appeared close to bringing down the dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi in the raging battle for Tripoli.

The Turkish Foreign Minister said, as cited by the BBC, that Turkey would give the Benghazi-based government of the Libyan rebels USD 100 M in a non-repayable grant, USD 100 M in cash to help the government with immediate needs, especially during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and USD 100 M for projects.

Turkey‘s newly pledged aid to the Libyan rebels appears in line with the country’s increasingly active diplomacy in the regions of the former Ottoman Empire, which include almost the entire Middle East and North Africa. Turkey was among the first to recognize the government of the Libyan rebels.


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