By Libya Herald reporters.
Tunis, 19 October 2017:
The Dutch ambassador has denied that his Tripoli embassy is to fully reopened, as had been claimed yesterday by Libyan security forces charged with the protection of foreign diplomats.
The Netherlands is in fact to open an office in the capital. However, the majority of the Dutch mission to Libya will continue to operate out of Tunis, to which it withdrew along with most of the diplomatic corps in 2014.
Ambassador Eric Strating was in Tripoli today seeing Presidency Council (PC) head Faiez Serraj and foreign minister Mohamed Siala. He said their support for the opening of a diplomatic office was much appreciated.
Strating later explained that the move meant that the Netherlands once again had a permanent diplomatic presence in Tripoli and the office would be manned by himself or another member of his embassy staff.