Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez says his country will not recognize Libya’s opposition, calling the rebel Transitional National Council a group of terrorists.
Chávez Monday praised Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and criticized other nations that have recognized the opposition council.
The Venezuelan president has repeatedly condemned the international military operation in Libya. The North American Treaty Organization has enforced a no-fly zone and carried out airstrikes since March under a United Nations Security Council resolution to protect civilians from attacks by Gadhafi’s forces.
More than 30 countries, including the United States, France and Britain, have recognized the opposition council as Libya’s interim government.
Also Monday, France said it has released $259 million in frozen Libyan funds to the Transitional National Council for humanitarian needs.