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U.A.E. recognizes Libya transitional gov't

U.A.E. recognizes Libya transitional gov't
Rebel fighters celebrate after coming back from the front line against Moammar Gadhafi's forces, in Ajdabiya, Libya, Monday, May 9, 2011, where fighting between rebels and forces loyal to leader Moamer Kadhafi is ongoing. Rebels controlled the airport in Misurata, spokesmen for the Libyan rebels said. UPI\Tarek Alhuony. | License Photo

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, June 12 (UPI) -- The United Arab Emirates Sunday recognized Libya's Transitional National Council as the sole legitimate governing body, the foreign minister said.

"This recognition affirms that the U.A.E. is committed to maintaining strong ties with the Libyan people and to its Arab stand," Foreign Minister H.H. Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said in a statement. "It also emanates from our keenness on the unity of Libyan territories and the future of this sisterly Arab country."

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Abdullah said the motion stems from a strong belief that the TNC is for all intents and purposes the sole representative of Libya and the Libyan people, the Emirates News Agency reported.

"Based on this, U.A.E.'s dealing with the TNC will take the form of a government-to-government relationship in all issues related to Libya," Abdullah said, adding the U.A.E. will open a representative office in Benghazi soon.

"There is no legitimacy in Libya today but of the TNC. We will work towards helping our Libyan brothers out of this difficult situation and look forward to build a brighter future that would enable Libya regain its natural position among countries of the world," the U.A.E. foreign minister said.

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