Netherlands to reopen embassy in Libya

September 17th, 2011 - 5:08 am ICT by IANS  

The Hague, Sep 17 (IANS) The Netherlands will reopen its embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli as soon as possible, the Dutch minister for foreign affairs has said.

Uri Rosenthal announced Friday that a diplomatic delegation will go to Libya next week to prepare for the reopening, Xinhua reported.

The embassy in Tripoli was closed in March because of the deteriorating security situation. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has been ousted and his whereabouts are not known. The rebel National Transitional Council has been recognised by around 60 countries as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people.

Recently, other countries also sent diplomatic teams to Tripoli to re-establish their embassies.

The Dutch government intends to get the embassy fully operational by early October, the minister said. The embassy will also play an important role in supporting Dutch businesses in areas like oil, gas, agriculture and water.

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