The Arab League and Egypt backed Libyan rebels on Monday, as opposition forces battled with Qaddafi loyalists in the capital Tripoli. In its first formal statement, the Arab League declared that “Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby offers his full solidarity with the ongoing efforts under the leadership of the National Transitional Council.”
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr also confirmed Egypt’s support for the new Libyan leadership. The Arab League suspended Libya’s membership in February after Qaddafi forces launched a bloody crackdown on opposition. It was announced that Libya’s permanent representative at the Arab League would be handed over to the national council.