Tripoli, 22 September:
On the occasion of the . . .[restrict]National Day of Malta, the Maltese embassy held a reception at the Corinthia hotel yesterday.
Despite the recent security scare in Libya, there was a very good turnout to the reception with the Swiss, Turkish, British, Italian, Austrian, Chinese, Canadian and Cypriot ambassadors present.
It was particularly pleasing to see the French ambassador attending in view of the recent offending cartoon saga and rumours that the French embassy had been closed down temporarily.
The evening could not pass without reference to the late US ambassador Chris Stevens, to whom the host, the Maltese ambassador, Victor Camilleri paid tribute.
The reception was also attended by two current Libyan ministers, Minister for Labour Mustafa Rajbani and Health Minister Fatma Hamroush. The undersecretary for Labour, Tamtam and undersecretary for Education al-Khoja and GNC members were also present.
Security and stability were the topic of the evening with the makeup of the forthcoming cabinet and announcement date of equal concern.
None of the Ministers or undersecretaries present were prepared to divulge anything concrete. One Minister told Libya Herald ‘I am as much in the dark as you are. No-one has approached me about anything yet.’
Independent GNC member for Hay Al-Andulus (Tripoli) Abdulrahman Alshatter told Libya Herald ‘it’s all speculation. No one knows anything concrete yet.’ [/restrict]