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Senior Swiss diplomat leaves Libya

The Swiss government has recalled its top diplomat to Libya amid continuing unrest, the foreign ministry has said.

“The interim chargé d’affaires is in transit for Switzerland,” the ministry said in a statement on Sunday night.

The government will send a new representative to Libya when the security situation in the country has stabilised.

Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey said all dual Swiss-Libyan nationals who wished to leave Libya had received assistance from the embassy to do so. 

To date, the Swiss embassy in Tripoli has helped nine Swiss to leave Libya. A further 42 Swiss, all but two of whom are dual-nationals, remain in the country.

“All those people have stated their wish to stay in Libya, or to not leave for the moment because of the precarious security conditions,” the foreign ministry said.

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