Turkish Minister Visits Rebels

Sergey Ponomarev / AP Photo

Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu, center, with his son, bottom left, shakes hands with officials from the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, Libya, upon his arrival Sunday, July 3, 2011.

Turkey’s foreign minister visited the Libya rebels who are attempting to oust embattled leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi, promising an additional $200 million in aid. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited rebel-stronghold Benghazi on Sunday and he is scheduled to meet with rebel leader Mustafa Abdel-Jalil later in the day. France, Italy and Qatar have also recognized the rebel government, but Turkey represents a strong strategic alley for the rebels, given Turkey’s longtime ties with Gaddafi and strong trading interest with Libya.