Egypt to send envoy to Benghazi

2011-05-25 21:41

Cairo - Egypt will send an official representative to be based in Benghazi, the east Libyan stronghold of rebels fighting to end Muammar Gaddafi's four-decade rule, Egypt's foreign minister said on Wednesday.

A former deputy foreign minister, Hany Khallaf, would be sent as a special envoy to represent Egypt in Benghazi, Foreign Minister Nabil Elaraby said, the official news agency reported.

Egypt, whose people in February turfed out their own president, Hosni Mubarak, after 30 years in power, is a member of the Arab League, which in March backed a no-fly zone over Libya when Gaddafi's forces were marching on Benghazi.

That move by Arab states was swiftly followed by a UN Security Council resolution that opened the way for military intervention led by Nato but supported by some Arab states including Qatar and Jordan. Egypt has not joined in that action.

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