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Cuba, expressing solidarity with deposed dictator Moammar Gadhafi, recalled its ambassador over the weekend and announced it will not recognize the new government.

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro is a longtime ally of Col. Gadhafi, who is now on the run and hunted by the revolutionaries who ousted him after more than 40 years in power.

U.S. Ambassador Gene Cretz raised the Stars and Stripes over the American Embassy in Tripoli last week.

He praised the rebels for their “great sacrifice, steely determination and unity of purpose” in the uprising against Col. Gadhafi.

“Your actions and the success in overthrowing the chains of dictatorship and repression and establishing a system that provides freedom and rights for all citizens is an inspiration to people around the world,” Mr. Cretz said.

The ambassador sat out the uprising in Washington, where he returned after the leaks of classified diplomatic cables in which he ridiculed Col. Gadhafi while he was still in power.

Mr. Cretz called Col. Gadhafi the “world’s longest-serving dictator” who never travels without his “voluptuous blonde” Ukrainian nurse.

Libyan authorities expressed their outrage about the release of the cables by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, and Mr. Cretz returned to Washington in January.

The other nations that have reopened their embassies are Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Poland, Romania, South Korea and Turkey.

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