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Iran to support Libya''s NTC -- spokesman

TEHRAN, Sept 18 (KUNA) -- Iran said Sunday it has voted in favor of transferring Libyan seat in the UN to Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC).
"The Islamic Republic of Iran gave vote in favor of giving seat to Libyan NTC in the United Nations to help in restoring peace, security and establishment of lawful organizations in the North African country as soon as possible," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said, according to the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA).
"Libyan revolution now is on a path in which the NTC is regarded as the country's political representative and because of this issue the Islamic Republic of Iran supported handing a seat to NTC quickly." The Iranian official also congratulated Libyans over the revolution and expressed hope that the country would maintain unity and solidarity. On Friday, the UN General Assembly voted to hand Libya's seat in the world body to the NTC, which is expected to form the North African country's next government. Libya has been the scene of intense fighting between forces loyal to fugitive ruler Muammar Gaddafi and opposition fighters since the outbreak of a popular uprising, encouraged by the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions in January and February. The Libyan revolution began on February 17 and on August 22 Tripoli fell and Gaddafi fled from the capital. (end) mw.gta KUNA 181140 Sep 11NNNN