Libya plans to open an embassy in Ireland by the end of the year, according to a report from the Irish Times.
Libyans have been coming to Ireland for professional and educational reasons since the 1960s, resulting in Ireland becoming home to the second biggest Libyan diaspora in Europe after the United Kingdom. Several Libyans with connections to Ireland played prominent roles in the February revolution.
“There is a real need for an embassy here to offer consular assistance and to further develop relations between Libya and Ireland,” said Faheem Bukhatwa, a lecturer at Griffith College, Dublin, and spokesman for the Libyan community in Ireland.
Plans are being drawn up for a delegation of Libyan officials and business people to visit Ireland soon.
(Sources: The Irish Times, Libya Herald)