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Newsline: Democratic Republic of Congo recalls ambassador from Libya

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday recalled its ambassador from Libya following reports that some Congolese and citizens of other African countries were being sold as slaves in the North African country. In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said while it welcomed Libyan authorities’ opening of a judicial inquiry into the allegations, DRC decided to recall its ambassador to Tripoli so that more light could be shed on the abject migrant trade currently prevailing in Libya. It added the DRC ambassador to Tripoli would reveal the situation in Libya so that a mission of identification and, if necessary, of repatriation of Congolese nationals found enslaved in Libya could be carried out.



Newsline: Burkina Faso recalls ambassador to Libya over ‘slave markets’ report

Burkina Faso’s foreign minister said it had recalled its ambassador to Libya over a report that black African migrants were being auctioned as slaves there. The decision by the West African nation followed the broadcast by CNN of footage of what it said was an auction of men offered to Libyan buyers as farmhands and sold for $400, a chilling echo of the trans-Saharan slave trade of centuries past. Libya’s ambassador to Burkina Faso said his country was being unfairly blamed for a global problem that all nations affected must come together to solve.


Newsline: Italian embassy issued ‘9000 visas’ in Libya since March

Ambassador to Libya Giuseppe Perrone noted that the Italian embassy ”is the only one open in Tripoli, amid difficult security conditions” and that Italy ”is the only country that issues visas in Libya. ”We do it both in Tobruk, in Cyrenaica, and in Tripoli,”’ he said, saying that this was an important part of the embassy’s activities in the country. ”I have not seen the most recent figures,” he added, ”but we began to issue visas on March 1 and I believe we are at 8,000 or 9,000 visas if not more.” ”One of the crucial messages that we wanted to give with our presence in Libya,” the ambassador noted, ”is not only attention to inter-governmental relations. We also wanted to do something so that the population is not isolated and could travel. This is one of the signs of the success that the Italian presence has had.”


Newsline: Embassy of Malta to Libya to return to Tripoli

Malta’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carmelo Abela, said that the Embassy of Malta to Libya will soon return to the capital Tripoli and that a new Maltese Ambassador to Libya will be appointed. Abela made his remarks during a meeting with the Libyan UN-backed prime minister in the Libyan capital Tripoli. According to the media office of the Libyan Prime Minister, the meeting discussed mutual relations between the two countries, where Abela stressed Malta’s full support for Serraj’s government and his efforts to achieve national reconciliation and consensus in Libya.


Newsline: Libyan FM says 30 embassies have returned to Libya

Libyan UN-backed Foreign Minister Mohamed Sayala said that 30 foreign embassies have returned to Libya so far after more than three years of closure. “The Schengen visas are being granted from inside Tripoli by the Italian embassy and the Turkish embassy, which are distinguished embassies operating in the capital,” Sayala told Xinhua.Foreign embassies and diplomatic missions left Libya in 2014 due to heavy clashes that erupted in the capital between rival militias, which created the current political division. Foreign missions began to return gradually since the end of 2016 after the UN-backed government took full control of the capital Tripoli. Libya is currently negotiating with the U.S. State Department and working to meet the requests by the U.S. embassy to return to Libya, Sayala added.


Newsline: New Turkish consulate to open in Libya’s Benghazi

Turkish ambassador to Libya Ahmet Dogan has stated that his country will take some new measures to facilitate the visa procedures for Libyans from Tripoli-based Turkish embassy, adding that it is working to open a Turkish consulate in Benghazi.


Newsline: British embassy to return to Libya

British embassy was preparing to return to the Libyan capital Tripoli, said the British Ambassador to Libya. Peter Millett made the announcement during a meeting with the UN-backed Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Serraj in Tripoli. According to the media office of the Prime Minister, Millett said that the British embassy would soon return to Tripoli, after three years of closure due to the deterioration of security situation in Libya. The two sides also discussed mutual cooperation between Britain and Libya, as well as the recent security development in Libya.