Canada Expels Five Libyan Diplomats

(No. 136 - May 17, 2011 - 6:45 p.m. ET) The Government of Canada has taken steps to expel (declare persona non grata) five diplomats working at the Libyan Embassy in Ottawa.

The activities carried out in Canada by the five Libyan diplomats are considered inappropriate and inconsistent with normal diplomatic functions.

Canada has not severed diplomatic relations with Libya, but we have suspended the operations of the Embassy in Tripoli. The Libyan Embassy in Ottawa remains open.

The five diplomats and their families must arrange for their immediate departure.

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