ASEAN countries pledge to save citizens from Libya chaos

20:34, February 22, 2011      

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Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa said here Tuesday that ASEAN members have agreed to save South East Asian people working in Libya following political unrest in the African country where hundreds of people died.

Marty said that foreign affairs ministers agreed to extend the measure conducted in Egypt where they evacuated their citizens from the country during the recent political turmoil that led to the downfall of Egypt ruler, Hosni Mubarak.

"We are committed to helping one another. We agree to help evacuate any citizen of Southeast Asian countries. This measure was extended from the one we applied during the unrest in Egypt," Marty said on the sidelines of an informal meeting attended by ASEAN foreign affairs ministers, aimed at seeking solution to end the armed clashes in Cambodia-Thailand border area.

The unrest in Libya is still continuing at the moment. Reports said hundreds of people have been killed in several protests demanding the resignation of Libyan ruler Moammar Kadaffi.

Source: Xinhua
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