Italy recognises Libyan National Transitional Council

04 April 2011

We have decided to recognise the Libyan National Transitional Council as the country’s only legitimate interlocutor on bilateral relations” – recognition that will take place formally. This was Minister Frattini’s statement, who met today at the ministry in Rome with representative for foreign policy of the Libyan National Transitional Council Ali al Isawi.

According to Frattini “the proposals” of Muammar Gaddafi “to end the crisis”, outlined by his emissary in Athens, “are not credible”. Moreover, Frattini added, the Tripoli government is using “illegal immigration as a weapon”.

The minister then announced that “Italian planes will be used to transport the wounded from the Misurata hospital to a hospital ship”.

Italy is very important for Libya”, Ali al Isawi said, explaining that any action aimed at dividing Libya “is unacceptable, as is any policy initiative that does not lead to the end of the Gaddafi regime”.

Also today, head of the Libyan National Transitional Council Mustafa Abdul Jalil explained from Benghazi that “through our envoy in Rome we are asking that Italy play a major role in the NATO mission” to defend the Libyan people.

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