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Newsline: Lebanese Embassy Comes Under Attack in Tripoli

The Lebanese embassy in Tripoli has been attacked by an outraged people in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, El-Nashra news website reported, Lebanese Ambassador to Libya Mohammad Sukaina said. According to the envoy, the attackers didn’t manage to get into the building but tore off the country’s flag and a tablet from the embassy’s wall. The envoy further noted that no employees had been injured as the embassy was closed. Later in the day, the Libyan High Council of State called on for the suspension of diplomatic relations with Lebanon over the desecration of a Libyan flag in Beirut.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201901141071460490-embassy-tripoli-attack/

Newsline: South Korean ambassador says embassy to resume work in Tripoli in September

The South Korean embassy in Tripoli will reopen in September and the country’s firms will resume suspended projects in Libya afterwards, the South Korean ambassador, Choi Sung-Soo, told the deputy head of the Presidential Council Ahmed Mitig. The two officials also talked about mutual relations and discussed the fate of the South Korean national who is abducted in southern Libya along with two Filipinos. Ambassador Sung-Soo thanked Mitig for the efforts exerted by Libya to secure the release of the abducted national who has been abducted since last July as he was working at Hasawna Man-Made River system. Meanwhile, Mitig hailed the reopening of the South Korean embassy, reassuring the ambassador that they are following the kidnap case closely along with the security apparatuses.

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/south-korean-ambassador-says-embassy-resume-work-tripoli-september

Newsline: Algerian embassy to return to Tripoli

Algeria has expressed its willingness to reopen its embassy in Libya after the completion of security arrangements around the embassy in Tripoli. The New Arab news website quoted diplomatic sources as saying that the Algerian government had previously sent a technical team specialized in the security of diplomatic installations to inspect the embassy building. The sources said that the diplomatic mission will initially be limited to a small team working to secure Algerian interests and political coordination, in addition to agreeing to send a joint cooperation committee to hold this year’s meeting to assess the situation.

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/algerian-embassy-return-tripoli

Newsline: Libyan Diplomat’s Son Abducted In Kyiv

Police in Kyiv say that officers have been put on alert after the son of a Libyan diplomat was kidnapped in the Ukrainian capital. Kyiv police said that the young man was kidnapped by at least two unknown individuals around noon on June 25. Witnesses told police that a man was taken away in a dark-blue Volkswagen Golf. According to the police, the abducted man is a Libyan national, identified as Abdusalom, who was born in 1992 and is a son of the financial attaché at the Libyan Embassy in Kyiv. An investigation has been launched into what authorities are describing as “illegal deprivation of freedom and kidnapping.”

https://www.rferl.org/a/libyan-diplomat–son-abducted–kyiv/29318600.html

Newsline: Libyan embassy employee among three charged with drug trafficking in Malta

Three suspected drug-traffickers – one of the them an employee at the Libyan embassy – have been granted bail following their arraignment under arrest on Thursday. Tristen Kyle Pisani, 25, of Tarxien, a technician, Annajar Osama Soleman, 40, of Għargħur, working at the Libyan embassy, and Boulqassim Khalleefah Aboulqassim Almigheerbi, 32, of Swieqi, unemployed, pleaded not guilty to their alleged involvement in a drug-trafficking conspiracy and to the possession of cocaine under circumstances which indicated that the drug was not for their personal use. Inspector Justine Grech, handling the prosecution, explained how the arrests had come about after a tip-off about an underhand drug deal about to take place in Kirkop on Tuesday. Officers converging upon the indicated site came across all three men seated inside a vehicle, later found to be registered in the name of the wife of one of the suspects. The two Libyans were seated in front, while the Maltese man sat at the back. A search of the vehicle yielded a bag containing some one and a half kilos of cocaine, while €63,000 in cash were found stacked under the passenger seat.

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20180614/local/embassy-employee-among-three-charged-with-drugs-trafficking.681743

Newsline: Tunisia reopens consulate in Libyan capital Tripoli

Tunisia has reopened its consulate in the Libyan capital, the Libya foreign ministry said, the latest mission to return to Tripoli. Most embassies left Tripoli in 2014 when heavy fighting broke out between rival factions and few came back when a U.N.-backed administration took office in 2016. The Tunisian consulate resumed work after talks between the two countries, the Libyan foreign ministry said. The Tunisian foreign ministry declined to comment, but a diplomatic source confirmed the move. Tunisia closed its mission after ten staffers were kidnapped in 2015.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-libya-security-tunisia/tunisia-reopens-consulate-in-libyan-capital-tripoli-idUSKBN1HS0BI

Newsline: Former official at Libya embassy in Egypt raids Libyan consulate HQ in Alexandria

Libya’s consul in Alexandria Adel Al-Hassi said the ex-consul Mohammed Al-Dressi along with some of his relatives and two diplomats who work in the consulate raided its headquarters and seized it early Tuesday. “Three Libyan security personnel were injured, one is in serious condition after being cut with a knife. The ex-consul-led mob seized the HQ and took the documents.” Al-Hassi explained to the press. He also urged Egyptian authorities to deport the attackers back to Libya and to hand him the HQ of the consulate as he is the legitimate consul, pointing out that the Presidential Council sent a letter to Egypt demanding lifting the diplomatic impunity of Al-Dressi after he attacked Cairo-based Libyan embassy earlier. The PC Head’s spokesman, Mohammed El Sallak, confirmed in a presser on Tuesday that Interim-Government-appointed Al-Dressi was the one who led the mob in attacking the consulate. El Sallak told reporters that the foreign ministry is following up on the situation in coordination with the Egyptian authorities, condemning the “heinous act.” Al-Dressi, meanwhile, told Al-Bayda-based Libyan News Agency that he resumed work from his office in Alexandria, adding he assumed office without any hindrances from the employees in there. Libya’s Cairo-based embassy and Alexandria-based consulate have been the battlefield between those appointed by the PC and by the Interim government in eastern Libya, with no clear action by Egyptian authorities, which have been swaying between accrediting PC’s consuls and regaining accreditation of eastern government’s diplomats.

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/former-official-libya-embassy-egypt-raids-libyan-consulate-hq-alexandria