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Taiwan recognizes Libyan transitional council

2011/09/16 19:02:05

Taipei, Sept. 16 (CNA) The Republic of China (Taiwan) recognized Libya's ruling interim council Friday as the North African country's sole legitimate government, following the lead of other countries.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the ROC government is determined to recognize the Libyan National Transitional Council as the country's sole legitimate authority out of its respect for the Libyan people's pursuit of democracy.

The statement further said the ROC is more than willing to launch cooperative projects with the new Libyan government to boost bilateral ties.

Taiwan also hopes that the well-being of the Libyan people will be enhanced by the new Libyan government, the statement said.

The National Transitional Council of Libya is a political body formed by anti-Gaddafi forces during the 2011 civil war in Libya. More than 40 countries around the world have granted it full diplomatic recognition.

Taiwan did not maintain diplomatic ties with Libya during the Gaddafiyears, but had a representative office in Tripoli. The staff at the office were evacuated early this year amid turmoil in Libya.

(By Hsieh Chia-chen and Sofia Wu)