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UAE calls for more international pressure on Libyan regime

The UAE has advocated exerting more international pressure on embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to leave power and has said the country would soon open a temporary representative office in the rebel-held city of Benghazi.

world Updated: Jul 16, 2011 13:39 IST

The UAE has advocated exerting more international pressure on embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to leave power and has said the country would soon open a temporary representative office in the rebel-held city of Benghazi.

"The UAE highlights the role the international parties can play now for effective preparation and coordination to achieve stability and reconstruction in Libya," foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan was quoted by state-run Wam news agency.

Sheikh Abdullah welcomed the rebels-led Libyan National Transitional Council's (NTC) ambassador-designate to the country and said he will receive full support.

The foreign minister, who co-chaired the fourth meeting of the Libya Contact Group in Istanbul, Turkey along with Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutolu, also warned that Gaddafi's continuous hold on power is a recipe for insecurity and instability in Libya.

The NTC's increasing recognitions as the sole, legitimate representative of the Libyan people by members of the international group is one of the major milestones the group has made, he said.

"The political transition must be initiated based on the inclusive approach expressed in the Transitional National Council's Road Map on Libya. We are looking forward to see a united Libya, enjoying peace and stability and striving to employ its natural resources to achieve a true renaissance for its suffering people," he added.