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Hague reopens British embassy in Tripoli

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, Oct 17, IRNA -- Foreign Secretary William Hague officially reopened the British embassy in Tripoli and offered a package of support to the National Transitional Council during a visit to Libya Monday.

Hague also confirmed the appointment of Sir John Jenkins as the UK's new ambassador after previously being Britain's main contact with the rebels in Benghazi.

“Today marks a watershed in the UK's relations with Libya. Having been one of the first diplomatic missions back into Tripoli after its liberation, we have now formally re-opened our embassy,” he said.

“This is further recognition of the great progress the National Transitional Council has made in stabilising Libya and re-establishing the country's role as a full member of the international community.”

His announcement comes after Prime Minister David Cameron already visited the country following the overthrow of the Gadaffi regime with NATO's military support.

Britain also wasted no time in seeking to capitalise on its role in helping the overthrow by sending a trade mission last month to explore business opportunities, including for the oil industry.

Detailing a package of support, Hague said that the Libyan people's decisive break with the past “means we are now able to open a new era in UK-Libya relations, building on our military, political, diplomatic and humanitarian support.”

The support included increasing Britain’s contribution to security and stability, providing experts on policing civil society and public financial management, delivering Libyan banknotes frozen in the UK and offering up to 50 more beds for patients injured in the civil war.

The British embassy was closed in Tripoli in February, when a diplomatic team, headed by Jenkins, was sent to Benghazi to support the rebels.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30616729

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