Turkey closes consulate in Libya amid security concerns

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Decision follows threat of an attack on premises in Benghazi

Decision follows threat of an attack on premises in Benghazi

ANKARA - Turkey has temporarily suspended activities at its consulate in Libya due to poor security conditions in the North African country, diplomatic sources have said.

The decision to shut down the consulate in Libya's second city of Benghazi came after a threat of an attack was made, but it would open in the next days, officials said on Monday.

Saudi Arabia also announced it was temporarily closing its embassy and consulate in Tripoli and withdrawing its entire diplomatic staff amid concerns over security.

Libyan authorities have struggled to restore law and order since Gaddafi's removal from power and death in 2011, amid the continued refusal of armed militias which helped overthrow him to give up their weapons.

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