Libya 'suspends' ties with France
Libya decided on Friday to "suspend" diplomatic relations with France, Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaaim said at a press conference.
The Libyan government has slammed what it called France's "illegal" decision on Thursday to recognise Libya's rebels and warned that the move could lead to a break in relations.
"We decided today to suspend our diplomatic relations with France. We will later appoint a country to represent our interests in France," Kaaim said. "France's aim is solely to divide Libya."
Kaaim said the self-proclaimed rebel national council represented "nothing but itself. It was not elected. It does not represent the regions of Libya, not even in the (rebel-held) east" of the country.
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