Japan’s Embassy in Libya to Reopen

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan has decided to reopen the Japanese Embassy in Libya.

Due to the destabilization of local security conditions, the embassy had been temporarily closed since July 2014. Initially, embassy operations were transferred to Egypt, and from March 2018, temporary offices were established in Tunisia. Following certain improvements in the local security situation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has comprehensively reviewed the circumstances and decided to reopen the embassy with adequate safety measures.

In consideration of safety precautions, the embassy will initially operate with a minimal number of staff members, focusing on essential services such as the protection of Japanese nationals, liaison and coordination with the Libyan government for the enhancement of bilateral relations, and information gathering. Consular services will continue to be handled by the temporary office in Tunisia for the time being.

It should be noted that currently, a “Level 4 (Evacuation Advisory)” danger warning is still issued for the entire territory of Libya.

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