Turkey to lend Libyan rebels additional 200 mln USD

10:26, July 07, 2011      

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Turkey and Libya's rebel National Transitional Council (NTC) on Wednesday signed in Ankara an agreement to lend an additional 200 million U.S. dollars to the latter, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

The agreement was signed by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan and Ali Abdussalam Tarhouni, in charge of finance and oil, on behalf of Libya's NTC.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Mahmoud Jibril, chairman of the Executive Board of the NTC, also attended the signing ceremony.

After the deal, the total loans granted by Turkey to the Libyan rebel would reach 300 million U.S. dollars.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Ali Babacan wished Libya a peaceful and prosperous future, saying "the happiness of the Libyan people is our happiness. Their pain is our pain."

For his part, Ali Abdussalam Tarhouni thanked Turkey and the Turkish people for their support, saying "this agreement means a lot to us. With this agreement, we have proved our strategic cooperation."

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