There has been a significant step forward for Libya’s rebel movement in its campaign for international recognition.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has invited them to open an office in London – their first in a foreign country.
The UK will also boost its diplomatic team in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi and supply several million euros worth of equipment to police.
“Gaddafi can have no part in the political transition that lies ahead, it is clear that the National Transitional Council will play a leading role.
I can today announce a package of measures to strengthen further our cooperation with the Council,” Cameron told reporters.
Rebel leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil said his fighters needed more weapons as well as equipment.
France, Italy, Qatar and Gambia have already acknowledged the NTC as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people. The UK move stops short of full diplomatic recognition.