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Moscow recognizes Libyan rebel council - Foreign Ministry

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Russia has recognized the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) as the only legitimate power in the country, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Russia has recognized the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) as the only legitimate power in the country, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Russia hailed the NTC's course on reforms, including the establishing of a new constitution, carrying out nationwide elections and forming a new government.

Over 60 foreign delegations gathered on Thursday in Paris at an international conference of "friends of Libya" to discuss Libya's future in the post-Gaddafi era.

Russia's envoy to Africa, Mikhail Margelov, who heads the Russian delegation at the Paris talks, said the new Libyan government vowed that all the Russian-Libyan contracts that had been signed during Muammar Gaddafi's reign, would remain operational and be strictly adhered to.

Russia has been in close contact with the Benghazi opposition during the six months of the Libyan conflict, Margelov said, adding that it was Russia's position to stop bloodshed and call on political dialogue.

In June, Margelov visited the Libyan opposition stronghold city of Benghazi where he held talks with the rebels and met with Gaddafi regime officials.