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U.S. appoints new envoy to Libya

(Xinhua)

08:44, October 12, 2012

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. State Department on Thursday announced that Laurence Pope has been appointed the U.S. charge d'affaires to Libya, taking over the embassy there following former ambassador Chris Stevens' death last month in an assault on the American consulate in Benghazi.

Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said in a statement that Pope has already arrive in Libya, and that the U.S. side will "continue to assist as Libya builds democratic institutions and broad respect for the rule of law."

Washington has been pressing Libya to find those responsible for the Benghazi attacks that occurred on Sept. 11.

Pope, who speaks Arabic and French, served as a foreign service officer from 1969 to 2000. He retired at the rank of minister counselor after having held a number of senior posts in the State Department.

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