March 29, 2011 / 2:29 PM / 9 years ago

U.S. to send envoy to Libya rebels soon

LONDON (Reuters) - The United States has appointed an envoy to the interim administration set up by Libyan rebels in Benghazi and expects him to go there soon, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

The United States has been seeking to bolster the Libyan National Council, and is due to dispatch the envoy, veteran diplomat Chris Stevens, in the near future.

“We have an increasingly clear sense of a number of leaders of the transitional council. We’re still trying to develop a clearer picture, not just of the national council itself but also of the opposition military forces,” the official said.

Reporting by Andrew Quinn; writing by Giles Elgood

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