U.S. is consulting with the Libyan rebels about giving it diplomatic accreditation or representation including opening an embassy in Washington, a senior administration official said, a day after Britain expelled diplomats from the Qadhafi regime.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We did yesterday receive an official request from the National Transitional Council (NTC) regarding the reopening of the Libyan embassy here in Washington, and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re reviewing that request,Ã¢â‚¬Â State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters at his daily news conference.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are consulting with the National Transitional Council on a broad range of issues, and that includes diplomatic accreditation and representation.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Legally, they are able to appoint diplomats and reopen their embassy in Washington with our consent, of course,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
Mr. Toner said the NTC wants to reopen their embassy as the recognised Government of Libya.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We need to discuss on the table – diplomatic status accreditation, representation are among those issues. We are looking at them, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re talking with the NTC about them, and they did finally send an official request regarding reopening of their embassy, and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re reviewing that request. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll work through these issues,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
By recognising the NTC, he said, the U.S. was able to unfreeze some, not all, of LibyaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s frozen assets.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are working through the many legal issues that we have to work through in order for that to happen,Ã¢â‚¬Â he added.