India supports Libyan rebels at UN

September 17th, 2011 - 9:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) India Saturday extended its support to the Transitional National Council (TNC) of Libya to attend the forthcoming United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York.

“India extended its support to the acceptance of credentials of the delegation of the Transitional National Council, led by its president Mustafa Abdel Jalil, to attend the UNGA session,” Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said at a press briefing here ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to New York to attend the UNGA meet Sep 22-26.

India was in contact with the TNC in Benghazi and Cairo and it also participated as an observer in the Libyan Contact Group meeting in Istanbul in July and at the level of minister of state at the Paris Conference on Libya, jointly organised by France and Britain Sep 1.

India will also be participating in the high-level meeting on Libya scheduled to be held on the margins of the UNGA Sep 20, called by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, an external affairs ministry statement said.

“In this meeting, India will reiterate its willingness to extend all possible assistance to the people of Libya in their political transition, rebuilding and reconstruction activities,” it added.

Indian representatives to Libya, currently based in Tunis, had formally established contact with the TNC mission in Tunis, it noted.

“We have given humanitarian assistance of $1 million through UN-OCHA (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) to Libya and assistance of another $2 million is being processed,” Mathai added.

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