U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged countries in Africa on Monday to kick out diplomats representing the government of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
Clinton made the remarks at a meeting of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
She urged countries to "suspend the operations of Gadhafi's embassies in your countries," expel pro-Gadhafi diplomats and "increase contact and support" with the Transitional National Council, which represents the main opposition to Gadhafi's rule.
A handful of countries have recognized the Transitional National Council as the sole representative of the Libyan people. A larger number have agreed to provide it financial support.
On Monday, the United Arab Emirates notified Gadhafi's ambassador in that country that his diplomatic status there will expire in 72 hours, a diplomatic source in the United Arab Emirates said. The UAE has recognized the Transitional National Council as the Libyan government.