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Iran ready to assisst Libya: FM
Thu Nov 3, 2011 9:24PM
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Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (file photo)
Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the country is ready to communicate its experience in various areas to the new Libyan authority.


On Thursday, Salehi met with the chairman of Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC), Mustafa Abdul Jalil, in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, IRNA reported.

He conveyed a congratulatory message on the part of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the Iranian people to the Muslim nation of Libya on the occasion of their successful revolution, which toppled the former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

NTC fighters captured and killed Gaddafi on October 20.

Salehi said the new Libyan officials had to remain alert to seditious attempts and efforts to confiscate the Libyan revolution in favor of goals other than those maintained by the Libyan nation.

The council is now overseeing a political transition which is intended to lead to national elections within eight months.

Abdul Jalil, for his part, thanked Iran's Leader and president for the message of felicitation. He also expressed gratitude for Iran's assistance during the revolution to the Libyan people, especially the Islamic Republic's accepting a number of the injured from the conflict.

The Iranian foreign minister also asserted that the fate of the prominent Lebanese Shia cleric of Iranian decent, Imam Mousa Sadr, was very important for the Islamic Republic and other regional nations and called for serious efforts by the new Libyan leadership to find relevant information on the issue.

Sadr, the founder of Lebanon's Amal (Hope) Movement, was kidnapped alongside two of his companions, while on an official visit to Libya on August 31, 1978. He was scheduled to meet with Gaddafi officials.

Iran has stepped up diplomatic efforts to shed light on the fate of the cleric following the fall of Gaddafi.

The NTC chairman said Sadr's issue was being investigated and that determination of his fate was of importance to the new Libyan authority.

SS/HN/MA

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