FCO diplomatic and technical staff are now on the ground in Tripoli as part of preparations for a wider diplomatic presence.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said:

“The Prime Minister announced on 22nd August that the UK would establish a British diplomatic presence in Tripoli as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.

A small FCO-led team, consisting of diplomatic and technical staff, is now on the ground in Tripoli as part of the preparations for that wider diplomatic presence. This reflects the recent military progress which means that some members of the NTC have already moved to Tripoli.

We remain in regular consultation with the NTC about our plans. Notwithstanding the deployment of a preparatory team, no date has been set for the opening of the British Embassy. This will depend on political and security developments over the coming days.”

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