Turkey has decided to reopen its embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli as of Friday and appointed Ali Kemal Aydin as its new ambassador, the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.
World leaders agreed on Thursday to free up billions of dollars worth of frozen Libyan assets to help the country's interim rulers restore vital services and start rebuilding after a six-month war that ended Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year rule.
Turkey, which once had close ties with Gaddafi, is expected to take a leading role in efforts to rebuild Libya, eyeing billion dollar deals and hoping to extend its influence in north Africa.
Ankara has provided the NTC with $300 million in cash, loans and other aid.
The foreign ministry said the new ambassador left Ankara on Thursday and was travelling via Tunisia to Tripoli.
ReutersLast Mod: 02 Eylül 2011, 14:44