Libya rebels say will respect foreign business rights
Reuters, April 4, 2011
A senior official of the Libyan rebel council pledged on Monday to respect the legitimate rights of foreign companies in Libya if his movement succeeds in driving Muammar Gaddafi from power.
Speaking after a meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, Ali Essawi, the foreign affairs chief of the Libyan rebel council, sought to reassure investors in Italy, which was one of Libya’s closest economic partners before the recent upheavals.
He said the legitimate rights of foreigners and foreign companies in Libya would be respected by a future government formed from the rebel movement.
He also said proposals for some form of transitional government headed by one of Gaddafi’s sons was “not an option”.