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Newsline: Libya closes Egypt embassy citing ‘security’ reasons

Libya’s embassy in Egypt was closed indefinitely from Dec. 15, the mission said on its Facebook page citing security concerns. “The embassy of Libya in Cairo… suspended its work due to security reasons starting Sunday and until further notice,” a statement said without giving further details. (http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/libya-closes-egypt-embassy-citing-security-reasons-149880) It however flatly denied in a separate statement reports suggesting that some embassy staff had broken ranks with the UN-recognised Government of National Accord based in Tripoli. The GNA’s foreign ministry confirmed that the embassy had been closed indefinitely, in a statement on Facebook. It said the work at the mission was suspended in order to protect staff after a series of recent “violations” targeting the embassy, including attempts by some to “blackmail” employees in order to obtain money. The foreign ministry gave no further details but said: “work is underway with the Egyptian authorities to put an end to these violations and secure the embassy as required.” The embassy would resume its operations when it is secured, it added. The Libyan embassy in neighboring Egypt has long been at the center of a power struggle between the country’s rival administrations in the east and the west.

Newsline: Greece expels Libyan ambassador in dispute with Turkey

Greece ordered the expulsion of the Libyan ambassador in the latest escalation of a dispute over a controversial deal signed between Libya’s U.N.-supported government and Turkey on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean. Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said the ambassador had been summoned to the ministry in the morning to be informed of the decision and was given 72 hours to leave the country. Turkey’s foreign minister condemned the move as “outrageous,” while the Libyan foreign minister described it as “unacceptable.” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/greece-expels-libyan-ambassador-in-row-with-turkey/2019/12/06/f158bb5a-1819-11ea-80d6-d0ca7007273f_story.html) The deal reached between Libya and Turkey would give Turkey access to an economic zone across the Mediterranean, over the objections of Greece, Cyprus and Egypt, which lie between Turkey and Libya geographically. All three have blasted the accord as being contrary to international law. The deal has added tension to Turkey’s ongoing dispute with Greece, Cyprus and Egypt over oil and gas drilling rights in the eastern Mediterranean.

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