US permits oil deals with Libya opposition

WASHINGTON - The United States voiced confidence in Libya's main opposition council on Wednesday as the US Treasury moved to permit oil deals with the group - a potential financial lifeline for the anti-Gaddafi uprising.
US Ambassador to Libya Gene Cretz said deepening contacts with the Benghazi-based Transitional National Council (TNC) showed it was "a political body which is worthy of our support" although not yet full diplomatic recognition.
"They continue to say the right things. They are reaching out to the international community. They're trying to be as inclusive as possible," Cretz, who is working in Washington to coordinate policy on the Libyan conflict, told reporters.