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Mr. Aujali also has been a supporter of the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103 in their quest to get the full story behind the bombing of the New York-bound airliner on Dec. 21, 1988, which killed all 259 onboard and another 11 in the Scottish village of Lockerbie.

“The Libyans are lucky to have him in that position, and so are we,” Frank Duggan, the group’s president, told Embassy Row.

Mr. Duggan noted that Mr. Aujali pledged his help to the relatives of the victims when he spoke at Arlington National Cemetery last year on the anniversary of the terrorist attack.

“We will help you to find the truth,” Mr. Aujali said at the memorial service. “And the Libyan people are with you.”

A Libyan intelligence agent, Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, was the only person convicted for the bombing. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2001, but Scotland released him in 2009 after doctors said he was terminally ill with cancer and had only months to live.

He lived for another three years and died in May.

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