British foreign secretary visits Libyan rebel-held Benghazi
British Foreign Secretary William Hague arrived Saturday in east Libya's Benghazi, the bastion of the opposition who is fighting against leader Muammar Gaddafi, Xinhua reported.
Hague's visit came after British Prime Minister David Cameron said three weeks ago that the National Transitional Council (NTC) is "the legitimate political interlocutor in Libya and Britain's primary partner there."
Cameron had pledged to provide a support package to the NTC including inviting the Council to establish a formal office in London, enhancing the UK presence in Benghazi, and transferring several million pounds' worth of equipment to the police in Benghazi.
Before Hague, Benghazi had received the EU foreign and security policy chief Catherine Ashton, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski and senior U.S. diplomats.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Cameron and a Russian delegation are also expected to visit the opposition stronghold.