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LIBYA: Flag-raising ceremony marks US return to Libya after 30 year absence

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A flag raising ceremony on Wednesday (May 13) has symbolically marked the return of the U.S. to Libya after a 30 year absence.

The ceremony, held before foreign diplomats, officials and media, took place in the new U.S. Embassy compound, sti...

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TRIPOLI, LIBYA (MAY 13, 2009) (REUTERS)

UNITED STATES EMBASSY SIGN

(SOUNDBITE) (English) GENE A. CRETEZ, U.S. AMBASSADOR TO LIBYA, SAYING:
"Today, I am honoured to celebrate the fi...

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TRIPOLI, LIBYA (MAY 13, 2009) (REUTERS)

UNITED STATES EMBASSY SIGN

(SOUNDBITE) (English) GENE A. CRETEZ, U.S. AMBASSADOR TO LIBYA, SAYING:
"Today, I am honoured to celebrate the first raising of the American flag in Libya in three decades."

U.S. DEFENCE OFFICIALS AT THE EMBASSY CEREMONY PREPARE TO RAISE THE U.S. FLAG

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DEFENCE ATTACHÉ OFFICIALS RAISING THE U.S. FLAG...

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DEFENSE ATTACHÉ OFFICIALS SALUTE / U.S. FLAG FLYING
U.S. EMBASSY BUILDING WITH THE RAISED FLAG

(SOUNDBITE) (English) GENE A. CRETEZ, U.S. AMBASSADOR TO LIBYA, SAYING:
"I've been here over four mont...

DEFENSE ATTACHÉ OFFICIALS SALUTE / U.S. FLAG FLYING
U.S. EMBASSY BUILDING WITH THE RAISED FLAG

(SOUNDBITE) (English) GENE A. CRETEZ, U.S. AMBASSADOR TO LIBYA, SAYING:
"I've been here over four months and I have found nothing but courtesy on the part of the Libyan officials with whom I have dealt with. I have found nothing but warmth and welcoming spirit from the Libyans who I have met on the street or visiting or whatever. I think we have come a long way, even just since the time I have been here, in terms of establishing a working relationship with the Libyan government."

U.S. DEFENCE ATTACHÉ BRIAN LINVILLE PRESENTS GIFT OF AN OLD U.S. FLAG TO THE U.S. AMBASSADOR

(SOUNDBITE) (English) GENE A. CRETEZ, U.S. AMBASSADOR TO LIBYA, SAYING:
"I would say on an official level we have made progress in several different areas and we look forward to even more progress and I think that today's ceremony in which we raised our flag here is just another building block on the way to what we consider to be a normalisation of relationships with the Libyan government and the Libyan people."

U.S. FLAG FLYING