Algiers: Algeria says it will officially recognise the revolutionary forces' National Transitional Council as being in control of Libya once it forms a new government.
Algeria was close to deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and has been a lone holdout among Arab countries in recognising the council.
Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci said late Sunday at a press conference with his Malian counterpart that he was awaiting the formation of a government "representing Libyans of all tendencies”.
Relations between the former rebels, who now control all but three cities in the oil-rich North African nation, have been strained with Algeria, especially after it gave refuge to Gaddafi's wife, daughter and two of his sons.
Medelci added that contacts have improved between the two countries over the last two weeks.
First Published: Monday, September 12, 2011, 15:54