Friday, September 2, 2011

Turkey reopens embassy in Tripoli, Chavez urges talks

Turkey reopens embassy in Tripoli, Chavez urges talks

ISTANBUL: Turkey on Friday reopened its embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli which it closed in May due to the deteriorating security situation in the north African country, the foreign ministry said.

A diplomatic team led by Ali Kemal Aydin, the ministry's deputy director responsible for general and bilateral relations, flew from Ankara to Tunisia on Thursday and was expected to arrive in Tripoli on Friday by land, said the ministry in a statement.

The National Transitional Council (NTC) is in the process of moving its fledgling government to the capital from its previous base in Benghazi.

World leaders agreed on Thursday to free up billions of dollars worth of frozen Libyan assets to help the country's interim rulers restore vital services and start rebuilding after a six-month war that ended Muammar Qadhafi's 42-year rule.

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez called for talks on his "peace proposal" for Libya, saying it could "stop the madness" in the country.

Chavez, seen as the main ally of ousted strongman Muammar Qadhafi, said he expected a continued conflict following the Libyan leader's call for further resistance.

"The peace proposal of Venezuela and the African Union and many other countries can stop this madness of the (US) empire and its allies," Chavez said during a telephone call to state television channel VTV.

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