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Minister is in Tripoli for talks

Foreign Affairs Minister Francis Zammit Dimech is in Tripoli for talks with his Libyan counterpart, Mohammed Abdulaziz.

In a Facebook comment posted yesterday, Dr Zammit Dimech said he was heading there for “an important meeting” but gave no details.

A few weeks ago UK, German and Dutch nationals were asked by their governments to evacuate the Libyan city of Benghazi following a “specific threat to westerners”.

The Maltese Government did not perceive the treat to be of serious concern to the 10 Maltese people living there.

The Government, however, warned them to be cautious saying it was monitoring the situation.

Maltese businessmen who work in Libya had told The Times they were worried that the situation might degenerate and lead to a repetition of the eight-month-long crisis that started in February 2011 and ended with the fall and death of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Bishop Sylvester Magro had been asked by the police there to evacuate the Benghazi church where he is based as a precaution due to escalating fears of violence.

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