Paris: The Libyan rebel National
Transitional Council has installed its official representative
to France after his counterpart was appointed in London.
"I have just presented my letter of appointment to the
foreign ministry" in Paris after being named "representative
of the NTC" to its ally France, said Mansur Saif Al-Nasr, 63.
He said steps were being taken to hand him "the keys
to the embassy."
France is taking part in NATO-coordinated strikes
against Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi military assets and was
the first outside state to formally recognise the rebel
It expelled the last of Gaddafi`s diplomats from its
soil in May.
The council said today it had nominated Mahmud Nacua,
74, as its ambassador to London after Britain, an ally in the
military campaign, recognised the group as the country`s sole
Britain said yesterday that it was expelling all
remaining loyalists of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi from the
Libyan embassy and that it now recognised the NTC as the sole
governing authority in Libya.
In an interview with the BBC, Nacua said the rebels
desperately needed more funds to arm the resistance movement
against Gaddafi`s forces, which began more than five months
France has admitted dropping light arms to the