MOGADISHU, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Somali government has announced that it recognize the National Transitional Council (NTC) of Libya as the rightful representative of the people in the north African country, a government statement said Friday.
The Somali government ministers following their ordinary weekly meeting in the Somali capital Mogadishu said after debating the government official stance regarding the Libyan situation, the ministers said they agreed to recognize the NTC.
Fighters of the NTC have forced the authority of Muammar Gaddafi out of Libyan capital of Tripoli following months of battles with loyalists of the north African country's leader. "Somali government recognizes the National Transitional Council as the rightful representative of the Libyan people," said the government statement.
Somali government has until now been quite about its stance towards what was happening in Libya where forces of the Transitional council were battling with Gaddafi loyalists who are still holding out in the town of Sirte, birthplace of the Libyan leader.
The African Union has also recognized the Transitional council as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people.
Somali government, which propped up by nearly 9,000 AU peacekeepers, is fighting deadly Islamist insurgency controls only most of the Somali capital as well as parts of the southern provinces while Islamist rebels run much of the south of the horn of African country.
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