US welcomes UAE support for UNSC resolution on Libya

"The United States welcomes this important contribution by the United Arab Emirates to the enforcement of UN Security Council Resolution 1973 in Libya," the White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, said.

"This critical participation by the UAE further underscores the broad, international support for the protection of the Libyan people," he said.

"The UAE has been a leader on this issue within the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the UAE and all of our regional and international partners," Carney said.

Earlier the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Abdulla bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued a statement in support of the coalition.

In support of UN resolution 1973 The UAE is fully engaged with humanitarian operations in Libya, he said.

"As an extension of those humanitarian operations the UAE Air Force has committed six F-16 and six Mirage aircraft to participate in the patrols that will enforce the No Fly Zone now established over Libya," he said.

UAE Participation in the patrols will commence in the coming days," the UAE Foreign Minister said.

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