President Mugabe of Zimbabwe attended the African Union Peace and Security Council meeting held on March 10, 2011. Zimbabwe is launching a nationwide anti-sanctions campaign in this Southern African nation., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Zim 'does not recognise Libyan NTC'
Zimbabwe’s foreign affairs ministry on Thursday said it does not recognise Libya’s rebel-led National Transitional Council.
It comes after Libya’s ambassador to Harare defected to the rebels on Wednesday.
Joey Bimha, the permanent secretary in the ministry of foreign affairs, said the Libyan ambassador now does not have any business to do in Harare.
He said the Zimbabwean government does not recognise the rebels and added that this is the official AU position.
The Libyan situation is a difficult one for the Mugabe government to negotiate.
Mugabe and Muammar Gaddafi have both been in power for decades and Mugabe has been deeply critical of the Nato-led offensive in the North African state.