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U.S. Embassy Reopens in a Free Libya

23 September 2011

Gene Cretz at podium as U.S. flag is being raised (AP Images)

The American flag flies once again over a newly reopened U.S. Embassy in post-Qadhafi Libya.

The American flag flies once again over the newly reopened U.S. Embassy in post-Qadhafi Libya.

At ceremonies held in Tripoli September 22, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Gene Cretz told Libyans: “The American people hail your success and will be your steadfast partner in building a new Libya.” He added: “Our partnership will encompass economic cooperation, educational and cultural exchanges, technology sharing, and training and assistance for the nation’s civil society — shared interests that include, and extend beyond, our common security.”

In overthrowing the regime of Muammar Qadhafi, the Libyan people won their freedom through “great sacrifice, steely determination and unity of purpose,” Cretz said. “Your actions and success to overthrow the chains of dictatorship and repression and establish a system that provides freedoms and rights for all citizens is an inspiration to people around the world.”

President Obama, speaking at the United Nations General Assembly earlier that day, said Libyans are “writing a new chapter in the life of their nation. After four decades of darkness, they can walk the streets, free from a tyrant.”

(This is a product of the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/iipdigital-en/index.html)