State Department lawyers are reviewing a Libyan government document that purports to fire the country's ambassador to the United States and replace him with a diplomat loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi.
U.S. officials said Tuesday that until the review is complete, the Obama administration will recognize the sacked envoy, Ambassador Ali Aujali (OH-zha-lee), as the representative of the Libyan government in Washington. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.
The State Department said that it had received a fax from the Libyan foreign ministry withdrawing the accreditation of Aujali, who has sided with Gadhafi opponents. The officials said the U.S. had no way to verify the authenticity of fax since it closed its embassy in Tripoli on Friday.