Russia will reopen its embassy in Libya soon: Bogandov

MENA , Ahram Online , Saturday 4 Jun 2022

Russia's Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov said on Friday that his country is planning to reopen its embassy in Tripoli soon.

Russian embassy in Libya
File Photo: A damaged car is seen in front of the Russian embassy, a day after it came under attack in Tripoli October 3, 2013. Reuters


"I think this will be very soon," Bogdanov said in a statement to reporters, according to Russia Today channel.

In April, officials from the Libyan interior ministry discussed arrangements for reopening the Russian embassy in Tripoli with the Russian Chargé d'Affairs Jamshid Poltaev.

"The Russian embassy will start its work in Tripoli next year," Polatev said in a statement in September 2021, according to the Russian news agency Sputnik. 

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed his hope last year that the Russian embassy would reopen soon in Tripoli, but he made it clear that "it depends on the provision of security there."

The Russian diplomatic mission were evacuated from Tripoli in 2014 for security reasons, continuing its work from the Tunisian capital Tunis.

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