Turkey says it has agreed to a U.S. request to represent American interests in Libya.
The Turkish embassy in Washington says that Turkey will act as an intermediary while the U.S. embassy is closed. A State Department official confirmed the report, but spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been officially signed.
The agreement comes as the U.S. and its allies are waging an air campaign against Moammar Gadhafi's forces. On Monday, Libya released four New York Times journalists and handed them to the Turkish ambassador in Tripoli.