ALGIERS (Reuters) - Libya has ordered a diplomat at the United States embassy in Tripoli to leave the country within 24 hours for breaching diplomatic rules, two Libyan newspapers reported on Sunday. The Libyan authorities gave no confirmation of the reports while a spokesman for the US embassy in Tripoli, contacted by Reuters, said he had no comment. The Libyan authorities asked the Political Affairs Secretary at the US embassy in Tripoli to leave Libya within 24 hours, the Internet edition of the Oea newspaper reported. Citing what it called informed sources, the newspaper said the expulsion followed the diplomats visit to the city of Ifrane, 130 km south-west of the capital. The was considered by the Libyan authorities to be contrary to the rules and norms of diplomacy, the newspaper said, without giving any more details. A second Libyan newspaper, Quryna, also reported that a US diplomat had been ordered to leave the country. The United States and Libya had no diplomatic relations for decades until 2004, after Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi renounced weapons of mass destruction.