Libyan rebels cleared to reopen Washington embassy

Libya's rebel Transitional National Council has been approved to reopen the country's embassy in Washington, the US State Department said Thursday.

The council, which has been recognized by the United States and other governments as the North African nation's governing body, had sought permission to reopen the embassy, DPA reported.

A few details still needed to be worked out, but "we've given the go-ahead for them - the green light for them to reopen," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

Former ambassador to the United States Ali Aujali had given up his post in protest of Moamer Gaddafi's regime, but could be reappointed to the position by the council.

[Source: Deutsche Presse-Agentur, 05Aug11]

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