“The Islamic Republic of Iran congratulates the Muslim people of Libya whose firm stand in recent months portrayed another symbol of popular movements in the region,” a foreign ministry statement carried by the official IRNA news agency said.
“The popular uprising in Libya once again showed that submitting to the legitimate demands of the people and respecting their opinions is an undeniable necessity,” the statement said.
“As always, the Islamic Republic of Iran is prepared to share its experiences on the path to realising freedom, justice, … and development … with the brother nation of Libya.”
Relations between Shiite majority Iran and Moamer Kadhafi’s regime were soured by the disappearance in Libya in 1978 of the Iranian-born Imam Moussa Sadr, who is considered a spiritual leader of Lebanon’s Shiites.
Imam Sadr campaigned in the 1970s to improve conditions for Shiites, who were largely under-represented in Lebanon’s political life but vanished without trace on a visit to Libya.
Since the Libyan uprising erupted in mid-February, Iran has adopted a dual approach — criticising the Kadhafi regime for its violent assaults on the rebels while at the same time condemning NATO’s military intervention.