Libya rebels install representative to France

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The Libyan rebel National Transitional Council has installed its official representative to France, he told AFP on Thursday, 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 Moamer Kadhafi's military assets and was the first outside state to formally recognise the rebel council .

It expelled the last of Kadhafi's diplomats from its soil in May.

The council said Thursday 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 government.

Britain said Wednesday that it was expelling all remaining loyalists of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi 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 Kadhafi's forces, which began more than five months ago.

France has admitted dropping light arms to the rebels.

© 2011 AFP

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