The Libyan Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that the country had accepted an apology from the United States following the sarcastic comments made by a senior official in Washington about Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's sense, stressing its desire to develop bilateral relations in all fields. The ministry said in a statement on Wednesday: "Libya had accepted the apology and deep regret shown by the U.S. State Department."
A spokesman for the U.S. State Department Philip Crowley said Tuesday he was "sorry that my comments turned into an obstacle to the improvement of our bilateral relations." He added that the Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman will soon visit Tripoli, saying that "these comments are not reflective of U.S. policy."
Libya formally protested last week following statements made by Crowley on Friday February 26 regarding Gaddafi call to declare a jihad against Switzerland.
Meanwhile a newspaper in Libya described the US apology as a "victory of a new Libya." The newspaper added: "Thus, Libya has proved its strength and its ability to protect its dignity."