New Delhi, Oct 21: External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna on Friday expressed hope that peace would soon return to Libya after the death of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in his hometown of Sirte.
Reading a written statement to mediapersons here, Krishna said he had seen the reports of the dictator being killed and hoped that peace and stability would soon return to Libya.
“We have seen reports that Colonel Gaddafi has been killed in Sirte, Libya. The strife in Libya and the suffering of its people has been a matter of great concern to us. We hope peace and stability would soon return to Libya,” said Krishna.
Krishna further stated that India shared a deep relation with the people of Libya and reiterated that it was willing to offer all the assistance required to rebuild the country, which was going through a political transition.
“India’s relations with the people of Libya are deep and long standing. At this juncture, India reiterates its readiness to extend all possible assistance to the people of Libya in their political transition and rebuilding of the country,” Krishna added.
Gaddafi, who ruled Libya for 42 years, died on Thursday as his last stronghold fell to the Libyan forces that drove him from power. There were conflicting initial reports of the specific circumstances of his death, with some saying that he was killed in Sirte, his hometown, while others said he died while fleeing it. (ANI)