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Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Libya announces the official reopening of the British Embassy in Tripoli at the Queen’s birthday party

  • On Sunday June 5, the British Embassy in Tripoli hosted a Queen’s Birthday Party to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Her Majesty The Queen is the first monarch to celebrate 70 years of service to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
  • During the event, Her Majesty’s Ambassador, Caroline Hurndall raised the Union Flag to officially reopen the British Embassy in Tripoli, which has been closed since 2014.
  • It was also the Queen’s first birthday party at the British Embassy in Tripoli in eight years. The British Embassy in Tripoli has planted an olive tree in the Embassy Gardens as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy.

Her Majesty the Queen has a historical and personal connection with Libya. The Queen’s second state visit was to Tobruk, where she visited the War Cemetery commemorating British and Commonwealth soldiers who fought and died in North Africa during World War II. There she met the former king of Libya, Idris, who invested her with the Order of Idris I. This represented an important step in a dynamic and lasting relationship between our two countries.

In the first QBP to Libya since 2014, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Libya, Caroline Hurndall, officially reopened the British Embassy in Tripoli, which had been closed since that year. The reopening of the Embassy underlines the UK’s continued commitment to developing closer cooperation with Libya and to working with Libyans and the UN towards a lasting political settlement for Libya.

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Libya said:

Although the embassy is based in Tripoli, it is a demonstration of our commitment to the whole of Libya. I am proud that our work touches the lives of Libyans across the country.

If Libya is to realize its political and economic potential, Libyan leaders must continue to implement the October ceasefire agreement and work together to seek compromise and cooperation. The Libyan people deserve it.

A wide range of guests were present – including government officials, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, representatives from other embassies and members of Libya’s vibrant business and civic communities – to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the reopening of the British Embassy in Tripoli, and the work of the British Embassy throughout Libya.

HMA Caroline Hurndall hoisting the Union Flag

The work of the British Embassy in Tripoli throughout Libya includes:

  • work with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya to facilitate an inclusive political process
  • support the High National Electoral Commission to help prepare Libya for successful elections
  • work with the Peaceful Change Initiative to facilitate peacebuilding processes at the local level throughout the country, including Ajdibaya, Tobruk and Zliten
  • support Free Fields Foundation and HALO in clearing areas contaminated by explosive remnants of war in Tripoli, Sirte and Benghazi, reducing the impact of the conflict on the lives of Libyans
  • training and mentoring provided by British police and law enforcement experts to Libyan officers in Benghazi, Sabha, Misrata and Tripoli, enabling Libyan law enforcement to dismantle terrorist networks
  • work with UK companies to access opportunities with partners across Libya in sectors ranging from pharmaceuticals to financial services to energy transition
  • helping Libyan teachers of English, facilitating access to international learning and supporting cultural links through the British Council, enabling Libyans to engage with the world

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Libya announcing the official reopening of the British Embassy in Tripoli, Libya.

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