Today, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Gene A. Cretz participated in a flag raising ceremony to mark the re-opening of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya on September 22, 2011. During the ceremony, Ambassador 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.""We urge the international community at every level to recognise that (Muammar) Gaddafi had lost all legitimacy and must step down. We provided over 85 million U.S. dollars worth of assistance including humanitarian aid, uniforms and non-lethal military equipment and de-mining and civil society programmes.""...You know, there are - there still is some stubborn resistance as you mentioned in the Bani Walid and perhaps in Sirte as well but look, I think it's a question of time as well before (Muammar) Gaddafi and his remaining loyalists are, you know, their resistance is finished off. I'm one of the optimistic ones."
While the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli has resumed operations, it is not open for normal consular services. Currently, the embassy is able to provide only emergency American citizen services. Visa requests should be addressed to the U.S. Embassy in Cairo or the U.S. Embassy in Tunis. Stay tuned to U.S. Embassy Tripoli's website for updated information.