10 Mar '11, 11am

France is the first nation to recognise Libya's opposition, and will send an ambassador to the rebel-held city Benghazi

PARIS - FRANCE became the first country to recognise Libya's opposition national council on Thursday and will send an ambassador to the rebel-held city of Benghazi, officials on both sides said. 'France has recognised the national transition council as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people,' one of the council's envoys, Ali al-Issawi, told reporters after meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. 'On the basis of this recognition, we are going to open a diplomatic mission, that is our own embassy in Paris, and an ambassador from France will be sent to Benghazi,' he added. 'This ambassador will be in Benghazi for a transition period before returning to Tripoli.' His statement was confirmed by a French presidential official. Mr Sarkozy was the first head of state to meet with the Libyan opposition. His talks came on the eve of an emergency European Union su...

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