Spain expels Libyan envoy

June 17th, 2011 - 12:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Madrid, June 17 (IANS/EFE) Spain has expelled Libya’s envoy to Madrid and three of his subordinates as they remain loyal to the Muammar Gaddafi regime.

Libyan Ambassador Ajeli Abdussalam Ali Breni has been given 10 days to leave the county, the Spanish foreign ministry said in a statement.

Through its ongoing repression of the Libyan people, Gaddafi’s government has lost “all legitimacy”, the ministry said.

The other three diplomats were being expelled for “activities incompatible with their diplomatic status”.

Spain recalled Ambassador Luis Francisco Garcia Cerezo from Libya in March and only local staff remain at the Spanish embassy in Tripoli.

The Spanish government’s sole remaining diplomatic representative in Libya, Jose Riera, is stationed in Benghazi, the eastern city serving as the rebel capital.

Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez visited Benghazi to emphasise Spain’s support for the rebel-led National Transitional Council.

–IANS/EFE
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