Egypt could soon recognise Libyan National Council

Ahram Online, Monday 22 Aug 2011

Egypt has not been able to officially recognise the council as the legitimate government of Libya until now, to protect migrant Egyptian workers

Hours after Libyan rebels announced that they were fighting Muammar Gaddafi’s forces at his last stronghold in the capital Tripoli, diplomatic sources in the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Egypt could now recognise the Libyan National Council as the new legitimate government of Libya.

Last night, Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Kamel Amr told reporters that Cairo has been closely monitoring developments in Libya in recent hours and the conditions for more than one Million Egyptian citizens who are working there.

Other diplomatic sources in the ministry said that Egypt and the Libyan National Council have developed what he described as a “very close” relationship since the start of the Libyan revolution last February. He added that Egypt has supplied the council with vital material and logistic support.

Finally, these sources said that the leadership of the council understood that Egypt could not officially recognise the Council at its inception because the Egyptians did not want to give Gaddafi an excuse to punish migrant Egyptian workers.

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