Britain to expel Libya’s ambassador after attack on UK embassy in Tripoli


The Diplomatic missions of a number of Nato states, including Britain, have been targeted following the airstrike which reportedly killed Muammar Gadaffi’s youngest son and three grandchildren.

Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned the attack: “The Vienna Convention requires the Gaddafi regime to protect diplomatic missions in Tripoli.  By failing to do so that regime has once again breached its international responsibilities and obligations.”

Hague has responded to the attack and said Libya ambassador Omar Jelban has 24 hours to leave the country:

“I take the failure to protect such premises very seriously indeed.

“As a result, I have taken the decision to expel the Libyan Ambassador.  He is persona non grata pursuant to Article 9 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and has 24 hours to leave the country.

“The attacks against diplomatic missions will not weaken our resolve to protect the civilian population in Libya.”