China urges 'inclusive' political transition in Libya

By REUTERS
October 21, 2011 04:52

 
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BEIJING - China's Foreign Ministry urged Libya on Friday to start the transition to "an inclusive political process" in the wake of the death of Muammar Gaddafi.

"At the moment, Libya's history has turned a new page," said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu in a statement issued on the ministry's website after Libya's interim government announced Gaddafi's death.

"We hope that the transition to an inclusive political process will start as soon as possible, (so as to) safeguard ethnic unity and national unity, restore social stability as soon as possible and rebuild the economy, so that citizens can lead happy and peaceful lives."

China had a strained relationship with Libya's interim government after Beijing's frosty reaction to NATO-led air strikes and attempts by Chinese firms to sell weapons to Gaddafi, but now says ties with the major oil producer are back to normal.

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