Britain expels Libyan ambassador

13:39, May 02, 2011      

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The British government announced on Sunday that it is expelling the Libyan ambassador after the British embassy in Tripoli was attacked.

The Foreign &Commonwealth Office (FCO) has published the statement on its website, and Foreign Secretary William Hague said: "I condemn the attacks on the British Embassy premises in Tripoli as well as the diplomatic missions of other countries."

"As a result, I have taken the decision to expel the Libyan Ambassador. He...has 24 hours to leave the country."

He emphasized that the Vienna Convention requires the Libyan government to protect diplomatic missions in Tripoli, and his reaction is based on the Vienna Convention.

Hague also said that the attacks "will not weaken our resolve to protect the civilian population in Libya."

Source: Xinhua
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