The Iran government made its
first official contact with the Libyan rebels by inviting the rebel chief to Tehran, Iran.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akabr Salehi stressed a desire to “deepen bilateral ties,” and said Iran “discreetly” gave humanitarian aid to the rebels in Libya prior to Col. Gaddafi’s fall.
Many throughout the world have been speculating as to what direction Libya will take post-Gaddafi. Will the “new” Libya be dedicated to jihad or to democracy and human rights? With Tehran officially reaching out to the Libyan rebels’ National Transitional Council, fears of the rebels focusing on jihad become even greater.