Iran Welcomes Libya’s Total Liberation

Iran Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi sent a message to the new leaders of Libya hailing “the total liberation of the country,” the Mehr news agency reported Tuesday.

Salehi said he hoped the Libyan people would exercise their sovereignty by “installing a regime based on religious democracy while preserving the independence and stability of the country with no influence or interference by foreign forces.”

The comments were made in a message addressed to Libya’s interim leader, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, Mehr said.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on Friday welcomed the death of Gaddafi, saying it removed any “pretext” for NATO to continue its air operations in Libya.

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