Britain reopened its embassy in Tripoli yesterday. The reopening was announced by British ambassador Caroline Hurndall at yesterday’s event celebrating Queen Elisabeth II’s official birthday and the queen’s Jubilee (70 years as queen) at the old embassy compound in Tripoli. The British embassy, like a majority of embassies, has been operating out of Tunis.
Due to Libya’s security and political instability, it is the first time the embassy has celebrated the Queen’s Birthday Party in Tripoli in 8 years.
The compound has not been in official use as it had been damaged by the Qaddafi regime during the 2011 revolution – in revenge for the British recognizing the new anti-Qaddafi regime at the time.
During her celebrations speech, Hurndall said the reopening of the embassy was a demonstration of the UK’s commitment to Libya and that the UK will continue to work with Libyans and the UN on a durable political settlement for Libya.