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Libya replaces its US Ambassador who defected

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Updated: March 1, 2011, 10:53 AM IST
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Libya replaces its US Ambassador who defected
A charge d'affaires to US has been authorised to represent Libya's interest.

Washington: The authoritarian Libyan regime led by Muammar Gaddafi has dropped recognition of its top diplomat to US after he defected following massive violence against Libyan people.

The US State Department was informed by the Libyan regime on Monday that they have withdrawn their recognition of their Ambassador Ali Aujali, its spokesman P J Crowley told reporters.

"He no longer represents Libya's interests in the United States," Crowley said.

"So now there is a charge d'affaires at the embassy who has been authorized by the Government of Libya to represent its interests, which is then to say that we may deal, still have conversations with Aujali, but it will be in a different capacity," he said.

There is now a charge d'affaires at the Embassy here. "And as a legal matter, should we wish to pass on something to the Government of Libya, we have the option of dealing with that individual," he said.

The letter in this regard came from the Secretary of the General People's Committee of Foreign Liaison and International Cooperation from Tripoli. "We believe that a communication with the Libyan Government can help avert that, we this channel remains open to us. But we have been unequivocal in saying that we believe that Gaddafi has lost his legitimacy and should go," Crowley said in response to a question.

"We have had contact with the foreign minister and other officials, and we continue to do this - we re doing this last week out of concern for our own American citizens. I m not sure that we 've had a high-level contact in Tripoli since Friday," Crowley said.

US is trying to make sure the Government of Libya understands the nation's position and "we reserve the right to be able to communicate to them, we think that will be helpful," he added.

First Published: March 1, 2011, 10:53 AM IST
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