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Britain Reopens its Embassy in Libya After 8 Years Hiatus

Britain Reopens its Embassy in Libya After 8 Years Hiatus

Tuesday, 7 June, 2022 - 07:15
Ambassador Caroline Hurndall planting a tree at the reopening of the embassy in Tripoli (British Embassy)

Britain reopened its embassy in Libya after an eight years hiatus. British ambassador Caroline Hurndall announced the reopening at an event celebrating Queen Elisabeth II's official birthday and the Queen's Platinum Jubilee at the old embassy compound in Tripoli.

Hurndall announced the reopening on her Twitter account saying: "I announced this evening that Britain is reopening our British Embassy here in Libya. This is a demonstration of British commitment to the whole of Libya. I am proud our work touches the lives of Libyans across the whole country already."

She reiterated that if "Libya is to fulfill her political and economic potential, Libya's leaders must continue to implement the October Ceasefire Agreement, work together, and pursue compromise, cooperation, and concord. The people of Libya deserve this."

The head of the interim Libyan unity government Abdulhamid Dbeibeh expressed his happiness at Britain's joining of the countries that reopened their embassies.

Dbeibeh stressed the need for this to be reflected in providing better services to Libyan citizens who wish to obtain visas and other services.

He hoped the move would boost bilateral relations between the two countries.

The announcement was made at the embassy's celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, marking seventy years of service to the people of the United Kingdom and her Commonwealth.

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