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Libyan rebels reopen country's embassy in Washington

Diplomatic move further formalises ties between US and Libya's National Transitional Council

Libyan rebels reopen country's embassy in Washington
Ambassador Ali Aujali (C), representative of the Libyan Transitional National Council (TNC) to the US, is surrounded by other Libyans as announces the opening the new Embassy of Libya under the control of the TNC in Washington, DC, on August 17, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
Libyan rebels reopen country's embassy in Washington
The US believes Libyan rebel advances are choking off Muammar Gaddafi's forces in the capital Tripoli and significantly increasing pressure on the Libyan leader, the U.S. State Department said on Monday (AFP/Getty Images)
Libyan rebels reopen country's embassy in Washington
State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said an envoy from the rebel's National Transitional Council had reopened Libya's embassy in Washington, further formalising ties between the United States and the rebel government (AFP/Getty Images)
Libyan rebels reopen country's embassy in Washington
Nuland said Aujali would resume control over the embassy's immediate assets, but that the United States was not yet in a position to follow through on vows to unlock more than $34 billion in Libyan assets (AFP/Getty Images)
Libyan rebels reopen country's embassy in Washington
Ambassador Ali Aujali (C), representative of the Libyan Transitional National Council (TNC) to the US, speaks after opening the new Embassy of Libya under the control of the TNC in Washington, DC, on August 17, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
Libyan rebels reopen country's embassy in Washington
Nuland said the United States had yet to be briefed on the current round of talks between rebel representatives and Gaddafi emissaries in Tunisia (AFP/Getty Images)
Libyan rebels reopen country's embassy in Washington
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last month announced the United States was formally recognizing the National Transitional Council as Libya's legitimate government, a move intended to underscore Gaddafi's diplomatic isolation and open access to frozen funds (AFP/Getty Images)
Libyan rebels reopen country's embassy in Washington
A young girl stands in front of a Libyan flag after Ambassador Ali Aujali, representative of the Libyan Transitional National Council (TNC) to the US, announced the opening the new Embassy of Libya under the control of the TNC in Washington, DC, on August 17, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
Libyan rebels reopen country's embassy in Washington
Ali Aujali (R), representative of the Libyan Transitional National Council (TNC) to the US, along with other staff sets up a flag after opening the new Embassy of Libya under the control of the TNC in Washington, DC, on August 17, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
Libyan rebels reopen country's embassy in Washington
The National Transitional Council, sometimes known as the Transitional National Council, the Interim National Council, or the Libyan National Council, is a political body formed to represent Libya by anti-Gaddafi forces during the 2011 Libyan civil war against the regime of Colonel Muammar Al Gaddafi (AFP/Getty Images)