March 31, 2011
Libya’s foreign minister Moussa Koussa, one of Col Gaddafi’s closest aides, has arrived in London and told officials he is quitting, the Foreign Office says. It said Mr Koussa had indicated he was no longer willing to represent the Libyan leader’s regime internationally. The FCO added it wanted to “encourage those around Gaddafi to abandon him and embrace a better future for Libya”. A Libyan government spokesman earlier insisted Mr Koussa had been travelling abroad on a diplomatic mission. The development came on the same day the UK took steps to expel five Libyan diplomats. Foreign Secretary William Hague told MPs the five, who include the military attache, “could pose a threat” to UK security.