Clinton recommends $25 million U.S. aid to Libyan rebels

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 20, 2011 1:45 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has recommended $25 million in U.S. aid for Libyan rebels that would not include arms, the State Department said on Wednesday.

"Secretary Clinton ... has recommended the president authorize up to $25 million in nonlethal commodities and services," said State Department spokesman Mark Toner.

"This is not a blank check. This is not $25 million in actual cash or money. It's actually in goods and services that would be drawn down from items already in government stocks that correspond with the needs of the TNC (Transitional National Council)," he said.

President Barack Obama still has to sign off on the recommendation to provide equipment like radios, body armor and halal ready-to-eat meals, Toner said.

(Reporting by Tabassum Zakaria)