Turkey evacuates personnel from Libyan embassy

The government has decided to evacuate personnel posted to the Turkish Embassy in Tripoli over security concerns, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu announced on Monday.

Davutoğlu, speaking to reporters on Monday afternoon, said the decision to evacuate the embassy personnel, including Ambassador Salim Levent Şahinkaya, was made on Sunday evening, taking into account the changed security conditions. The evacuation will be temporary and it does not mean Turkey has suspended its efforts in Libya, Davutoğlu also said.

Ambassador Şahinkaya and the embassy personnel are safe and currently in Tunisia. Keeping the diplomats at the embassy poses a serious security risk, according to Davutoğlu.

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