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Libyan crisis: Envoy to India resigns in protest

Last Updated: Monday, February 21, 2011 - 20:01

New Delhi: Libyan Ambassador to India Ali
al-Essawi has reportedly resigned in protest against his
government`s violent crackdown on demonstrators.

Hours after BBC reported that Libyan envoy to India has
resigned, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao refused to confirm
the same and said "as far as I am aware, he has not got in
touch with us on any issue concerning his stay here. I have
seen the reports relating to his resignation."

She also expressed "deep concern" over the situation in
Libya, saying government was monitoring the situation in the
country but has not taken any decision on whether to evacuate
the Indians living there.

"We are concerned about the developments in Libya... The
situation in Benghazi is of particular concern to us because
we have a number of Indian citizens there. Our Embassy in
Tripoli is in touch with these people. We have been monitoring
the situation," she said.

Nearly 200 people have been killed in brutal crackdown
against protesters demanding an end to Muammar Gadhafi`s
41-year rule.

"We have not taken any decision on evacuation yet. But
we will obviously monitor the situation and take whatever
steps necessary to deal with it.”

Rao said a control room in the External Affairs Ministry
has already been set up with a telephone number to enable the
people in Libya to get in touch with the government here.


First Published: Monday, February 21, 2011 - 20:01

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