By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 24 November 2014:
Malta has pulled its two remaining diplomats out of Tripoli and shut the embassy. The . . .[restrict]consulate was closed in August.
The Maltese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that deteriorating security had put the ambassador Mannie Galea and his chargé d’affaires at risk. However it also made clear that the envoys were not enjoying the political pressure from both the government and Libya Dawn.
“Our diplomats were, on the one hand, sternly and officially warned by the Tobruk government not to communicate in any way with the self-proclaimed-parliament in Tripoli,” the ministry said in a statement, continuing “while at the same time officials representing the parliament in Tripoli were piling pressure on the Maltese diplomats and the Maltese authorities to recognise the Tripoli government”.
The ministry emphasised that Malta had never and would never interfere in Libya’s internal affairs.
At the start of this month, ambassador Galea dismissed claims that the embassy would be relocating to Tobruk.