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Venezuela refuses Libya's National Transitional Council

Muammar Gaddafi sent a letter to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez in search of support

The Venezuelan government jumped in solidarity “with the Libyan people’s legitimate cause” (Photo: Reuters)
  EL UNIVERSAL
Tuesday August 02, 2011  01:10 PM


Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez voiced on Monday once again his support to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and rebutted the possibility of underwriting a National Transitional Council in Libya.

In a cabinet meeting aired during an obligatory simultaneous broadcast, the Venezuelan Head of State referred himself to a letter forwarded by Gaddafi through the secretary of the People's Committee for Finance and Planning Abdul Hafid Al Zleitni.

The envoy met on Monday with Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicolás Maduro. The meeting was also attended by Libyan Minister of Communications and Transport Mohamed Zydan.

In the letter, the Libyan leader asked the Venezuelan government to join efforts against the council.

Venezuelan authorities, Chávez replied, "do not recognize such a mime like the transitional council" which must be composed of "a group of terrorists."

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