Sri Lanka closes Libyan embassy

08:57, March 23, 2011      

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Sri Lanka has decided to temporarily close its embassy in Libya, the External Affairs Ministry said Tuesday.

The decision which is precautionary has been made in view of the Western nations led air strikes in Libya, said Sarath Dissanayake, spokesman of the External Affairs Ministry.

The Sri Lankan Ambassador in Tripoli has already left the Libyan capital, sources said.

Sri Lanka and Libya have enjoyed good relations with the Sri Lankan president visited it in 2009 and his son and government legislator Namal Rajapaksa just visited the country in January.

No Sri Lankan casualties have been reported in the air strikes, said Dissanayake.

Some 200 Sri Lankans are still believed to remain in Libya after around 1,000 left following the violence in the country.

Source: Xinhua
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