US sends counter-terrorism official to serve in Libya

Laurence Pope has arrived in Tripoli to serve as "charge d'affairs," the title given to a diplomat.

US sends counter-terrorism official to serve in Libya

World Bulletin / News Desk 

The United States has chosen a veteran diplomat who retired more than a decade ago to serve as its senior envoy in Libya following the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens in a Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, the State Department said on Thursday.

Laurence Pope, a former U.S. ambassador to Chad and senior State Department counter-terrorism official, has arrived in Tripoli to serve as "charge d'affairs," the title given to a diplomat who represents a country in the absence of an ambassador, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement.

Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the American mission in Benghazi on Sept. 11.

Pope's 31-year career as a foreign service officer, which ended with his retirement in 2000, included stints as political adviser to the commander of the U.S. military's Central Command, which covers much of the Middle East, and as the State Department's director for Northern Gulf Affairs. He speaks Arabic and French.

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