Scores of Syrians have staged a sit-in outside the Libyan embassy in the capital, Damascus, to protest against the recognition of Syria's opposition National Council by Libyan leaders.
The protest gathering came a day after Mussa al-Koni, a member of Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC), said in a news conference in Tripoli that "the NTC has decided to recognize the Syrian National Council as the sole legitimate government in Syria and to close the Syrian embassy in Tripoli."
Syrians, however, consider the move as a way for NATO to recognize the Syrian National Council (SNC), an umbrella body formally set up on October 2 in Turkey, pulling together most of the groups opposing the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The European Union has also welcomed the newly formed Syrian opposition council, but stopped short of any call to recognize the body.
Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of Syrians rallied in support of Assad in the capital. They also denounced the creation of the opposition council, saying that SNC does not represent the Syrians.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem has vowed unspecified "tough measures" against any nation that would recognize the "illegitimate" Syrian National Council.