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Libya - Aug 15, 2011 - 23:06

Last modified: 15 Aug 2011 20:06

The US says that it has accredited Ali Aujali, the representative of the Libyan opposition, as Libya's ambassador to the United States.

"Aujali has been accredited and the embassy has been opened," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters after saying he had been issued a visa to the United States on Friday.

State department officials have told the AFP news agency that they expect that Aujali has also been given access to the frozen Libyan embassy accounts, which contain between $10 million and $12 million.

At a meeting last month in Istanbul, the United States recognised the rebel National Transitional Council as "the legitimate governing authority in Libya". 

Aujali was the Gaddafi government's ambassador to the United States until he resigned in February and declared his allegiance to the opposition.