Scotland welcomed on Tuesday an announcement that the United States wants to "move on" from a row over the Lockerbie bomber, triggered when the Libyan was freed from a Scottish jail last month.
"Scotland and the United States enjoy long and enduring links," said a spokesman.
"Our close ties socially, economically and academically have continually worked for the benefit of all of our people and we look forward to that relationship continuing to strengthen."
The comments came after a US State Department spokesman said it was "not looking to punish" anyone over Scotland's decision to free Megrahi, saying "there is no tit for tat here".
Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill released Megrahi on August 20 because he is dying of prostate cancer, sparking anger from the US administration and American relatives of victims of the atrocity.
The former Libyan agent is the only person convicted of the murder of 270 people in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103, which exploded over the Scottish town of Lockerbie on December 21, 1988.
Shortly after the decision, US President Barack Obama described it as a "mistake", and later condemned the jubilant reception that the bomber received back in Tripoli as "highly objectionable".
Obama this month told Prime Minister Gordon Brown in a telephone call of his "disappointment" over the release.
The decision also sparked a push in the United States for a consumer boycott of Scottish goods.
The new US ambassador to Britain reiterated Tuesday the Obama administration's view that the release was "not appropriate", but insisted the move was "not going to sink the special relationship in any measure".
State Department spokesman Kelly said Scotland and the United States were "very close allies" and shared an "important relationship".
"I think all along we recognised that Mr MacAskill had the right to do what he did. We're looking to continue the very important co-operation that we have with the United Kingdom and Scotland."
"We have very deep and abiding ties with Scotland," he added.
Their comments come as Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi was set to attend this week's UN General Assembly in New York.
Megrahi, 57, was admitted to hospital in Tripoli at the start of September, less than a fortnight after his release when he was given less than three months to live.
Source: AFP European Edition