Italian Consulate-General in Benghazi temporarily closed

Tripoli, 16 January 2013:

Following the attack on the Italian Consul-General in Benghazi, Guido de Sanctis, on Saturday, the Italian authorities have temporarily shut the Consulate-General but say they hope to have it open again as soon as possible.

“We plan to reopen it as soon as we possibly can and are absolutely confident the Libyan authorities will increase security for our consulate-general and staff”, Italian Ambassador Guiseppe Buccino Grimaldi said today, Wednesday.

Some dozen staff work at the consulate, including three full-time Italian diplomats in addition to the Consul-General. It is the . . .

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