Italy to place ambassador back in Libya

ReutersROME (Reuters) — Italy is sending its ambassador back to Libya, its foreign ministry said on Monday, making it the first Western diplomatic mission to reopen in the divided country.

Italy closed its embassy in Libya in 2015 as rival factions descended into a conflict, which has let people smugglers operate with impunity and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants establish a firm foothold.

The foreign ministry said in a statement the ambassador would present his credentials to the local government on Tuesday. A ministry spokeswoman said he would then start work in Tripoli almost immediately, having received the approval of U.N.-backed Prime Minister Fayez Seraj’s government in December.Speech

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