India hands over humanitarian assistance to Libya

New Delhi: India has handed over humanitarian assistance consisting of life saving medicines and medical equipment of about USD 1 million to the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) after it requested for the same.

NTC is also considering sending injured Libyan nationals to India for their medical treatment, a release from the Ministry of External Affairs said, adding that Indian authorities welcome this and are looking forward to receive injured Libyan patients.

India`s humanitarian assistance was handed over yesterday to NTC by Rajeev Shahare, Joint Secretary (West Asia & North Africa) in the MEA.

The Council had earlier in Benghazi provided a list of life savings drugs to the Government of India and these medicines were selected as per the requirements of Libya.

"The Government has been supportive of the people of Libya and has interacted with the NTC in London, Istanbul and Paris meeting including in the United Nations," MEA said.

The interim government has also been considering sending injured Libyan nationals for their medical treatment to India and in this regard a Libyan delegation has already visited India in December 2011 to tie up treatment of injured Libyan patients in reputed hospitals, it said.

India is also arranging to send a team of `Jaipur Foot` to Tripoli which would be providing prostheses (artificial limbs) to the injured Libyans and would set up a centre there to provide them with the same.

India had also provided assistance worth USD 1 million in cash earlier to the NTC through the United Nation`s Office of Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid in New York.