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Turkey recognizes Libyan rebel council

Turkey's top diplomat on Sunday recognized Libya's rebel council as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people, as he vowed to do "everything" possible to end the fighting.

Ahmet Davutoglu arrived in Benghazi, giving the National Transitional Council the much sought-after political and economic support of a major regional player and former colonial power.

"We think the Transitional National Council is the legitimate representative of the Libyan people," said Davutoglu, making Turkey the latest in a string of countries to recognize the council.

Davutoglu also indicated that Turkey could play a major role in settling the Libya crisis.

Asked if Turkey would consider hosting Moammar Qaddafi as part of a peace agreement, Davutoglu said "if there is an agreement being achieved we will do everything, everything possible."

He also pointed to a Ankara-backed roadmap that would see an immediate ceasefire, humanitarian access to all cities, the withdrawal of forces, Qaddafi leaving power and "genuine political change" as the basis of a deal.

With Libya's rebels facing a cash crunch and many cities razed by bombing, Davutoglu also arrived in Benghazi with $100 million in credit and $100 million for construction projects.

Davutoglu's visit came after his government's official journal announced on Saturday that its ambassador to Libya, Salim Levent Sahinkaya, had been reassigned in Ankara.

-AFP/NOW Lebanon 

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