Libyan foreign minister quits, arrives in Britain

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Posted: Mar 30, 2011 5:16 PM

LONDON (Reuters) - Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa arrived in Britain on Wednesday and has resigned from Muammar Gaddafi's government, the British government said.

"We can confirm that Moussa Koussa arrived at Farnborough Airport on 30 March from Tunisia. He travelled here under his own free will. He has told us he is resigning his post," a Foreign Office spokesman said in a statement.

"Koussa is one of the most senior figures in Gaddafi's government and his role was to represent the regime internationally -- something that he is no longer willing to do," the spokesman said.

The British government encouraged people around Gaddafi to abandon him, he added.

(Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by Avril Ormsby)