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Newsline: Diplomats in Libya Cairo embassy kick out the ambassador

Several Libyan diplomats at the Libyan embassy in Cairo issued a statement announcing the dismissal of the ambassador Mohammed Abdulaziz for “violations related to regionalism” from his part and his loyalists. The diplomats announced rejecting to have any ambassador appointed by the Presidential Council’s government of what they described “Muslim Brotherhood.” They also added that they only abide by the orders of the House of Representatives and not the Foreign Minister Mohammed Sayala, whom they said had suspended the salaries of the embassy staffers wrongly.

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/diplomats-libya-cairo-embassy-kick-out-ambassador

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Newsline: Britain appoints Frank Baker a new ambassador to Libya

The UK Foreign Office announced appointing Frank Baker as the new Libya ambassador to succeed Peter Millett. Baker commented on his appointment on Twitter saying, “I am honored to be the new British Ambassador to Libya. Looking forward to visiting Tripoli soon to meet my team, and to start working with them to achieve the common interests of Britain and Libya.” He also added that “Britain and Libya have a long history,” saying “over the coming weeks I will listen to and learn from people across Libya and discuss how we can work together to achieve our common interests.” The Foreign Secretary of the UK, Boris Johnson commented also on Twitter saying, “The UK is at the forefront of diplomatic work with the Libyan government and our international partners to help bring stability to Libya. If left unchecked, the violence and ungoverned space will only increase the challenges from illegal migration and terrorism. These are issues that matter to the people of Libya, but also to people here in the UK.” He also praised the new ambassador saying that he had served the UK well as ambassador to Iraq and also Kuwait.

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/britain-appoints-frank-baker-new-ambassador-libya

Newsline: Protests at Libyan embassy in London against slavery

Demonstrators protested outside the Libyan embassy in London, calling for the British government to pressure Libya to end the slavery and inhumane treatment of migrants. It follows the emergence of video footage last month that appeared to show men being sold at a slave market in Tripoli. Protesters gathered in London to march on the Libyan embassy because at the moment, there are up to one million migrants in Libya, many of whom are hoping to travel to Europe.

http://www.africanews.com/2017/12/10/protests-at-libyan-embassy-in-london-against-slavery/

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.

http://aa.com.tr/en/africa/dr-congo-recalls-ambassador-from-libya/974666

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.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-burkina-libya/burkina-faso-recalls-ambassador-to-libya-over-slave-markets-report-idUSKBN1DK2I7

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.”

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/politics/2017/11/21/italian-embassy-issued-9000-visas-in-libya-since-march_d560a041-2cf3-4bc9-a397-17fcacffb9ee.html

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.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/15/c_136752693.htm