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Iran hails death of long-time ally Qaddafi as ‘great victory’

Iran on Friday hailed the death of long-time ally and former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi as a “great victory” and called for an immediate exit of foreign troops from Libya, the official IRNA news agency reported.

“This has been the doomed fate of all oppressors and tyrants throughout history because they ignore peoples’ rights when they rule their countries in the manner that they do,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast was quoted as saying.

“Despots and oppressors throughout history have no fate other than destruction and death,” he added.

“We expect an end to civil war in that country, establishment of stability and security as well as a democratic government in Libya,” said Mehmanparast.

Mehmanparast called for an “immediate exit of foreign troops from Libya,” so that “the Libyan people can find the opportunity to decide their own fate in an atmosphere free of any foreign intervention.”

There have been reports of covert Western forces operating along the revolutionary fighters in Libya.

Iran once enjoyed strong relations with Qaddafi, who broke rank with Arab states to support the Islamic Republic in its war against Iraq in the 1980s. According to a recently released U.S. intelligence report, Qaddafi provided military assistance to Iran during that war.

The former Libyan leader reportedly sold SCUD missiles to Iran as he sought to take revenge against Saddam Hussein who supported Libyan opposition abroad.