Madagascar to close Libya embassy for lack of funds - Daily Nation

Madagascar to close Libya embassy for lack of funds

Thursday April 18 2013

By XINHUA

ANTANANARIVO, Thursday

Madagascar will close its embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli due to lack of funds, the government has said.

"Maintaining this embassy to work means a significant financial impact on the public purse and it is advisable to close it temporarily," said a statement issued at the end of a cabinet meeting held on Wednesday.

During political events in Libya in 2011, Madagascar decided to evacuate its employees to Tunisia.

The ambassador and the accountant continued their work in the Malagasy embassy but in April 2012, the former was relocated.

The accountant and his translator then maintained minimum operation of the embassy.

Madagascar opened its embassy in Tripoli in 2005 and appointed the former minister of higher education, Dieudonne Marie Michel Razafindrandriatsimaniry, as the first Malagasy ambassador to Libya.