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Newsline: Italy reopens Libya embassy

Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti announced the reopening of his country’s embassy in the Libyan capital, which closed in 2015 along with all other Western embassies due to violence. Speaking at a news conference in Tripoli, Minniti said the Italian ambassador presents his credentials on Tuesday before taking up his duties in the embassy in the Libyan capital. Diplomatic missions in Libya have been targeted in recent years, including in 2012 when an attack on the US consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi killed ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American staff. The embassy of Italy, a former colonial power in Libya, was one of the last western missions to close in February 2015 after a coalition of militias seized the capital Tripoli. In a statement, Italy’s foreign ministry said the reopening of the embassy showed “confidence in the process of stabilising the country”.



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