Spain recognizes rebels as Libya's only legitimate voice

10:56, June 09, 2011      

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Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez speaks during a joint news conference with Libya's former ambassador to India, Ali al-Essawi in Benghazi June 8, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters)

The Spanish government Wednesday recognized Libya's rebel National Council for Transition (NCT) as the official representative of the country.

The announcement was made by Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez during a visit to the biggest rebel-held city of Benghazi in eastern Libya.

"The Spanish government recognizes the NCT as the only legitimate representative of the Libyan people," Jimenez told reporters after meeting members of the council, including its president, Mustafa Abdeljalil.

"Spain wants to help the Libyan people, and we support a democratic country with rights and freedom," she said, adding the Spanish government had been the first to declare the solution for Libya rested on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's departure.

In recognition of the opponents to Gaddafi as the only legitimate voice of Libya, Spain has followed in the footsteps of France, Britain and Qatar, among others.

On Wednesday, Spanish Defense Minister Carme Chacon said she would ask Friday's cabinet meeting to prolong Spain's military commitment to the NATO operation in Libya for an indefinite period.

Spain is contributing four F-18 fighters and two tanker planes to the operation as well as a frigate and a submarine, which are currently stationed in the Mediterranean helping to blockade the ports controlled by Gaddafi.

Source: Xinhua

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