Germany recognises Libya rebel council -rebel says

Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:31am GMT

BENGHAZI, Libya, June 13 (Reuters) - Germany has recognised the rebel council based in Benghazi as the legitimate representative of Libyans, a rebel official said on Monday during a visit by German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.

"He said that he came here to support the Libyan revolution, to support the national council. They believe it is the legitimate representation of the Libyan people," Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, vice chairman of the rebel National Transitional Council, told Reuters after meeting the German delegation.

"He said clearly ... that the national council is the legitimate representation of the Libyan people," Ghoga said, adding: "It is a very a big step and we appreciate it." (Reporting by Maria Golovnina; Writing by Edmund Blair in Cairo)

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