BP withdraws Libya staff over security concerns

  • British oil giant BP announced on Sunday it would be withdrawing non-essential staff from its operations in Libya.

    The move comes in the wake of the UK government issuing advice over security concerns in the country.

    In a statement, BP said: "Following FCO advice given to us by the British Embassy in Tripoli, and purely as a precautionary measure, we have brought non-essential overseas staff out of Libya for the time being in a phased reduction of numbers. Our Libyan staff remain and the office continues to operate. Fewer than a dozen people are affected. We will continue to monitor the security situation and move people back in to Libya when it is considered safe to do so."

    Last week, the Foreign Office withdrew British embassy staff from the capital, Tripoli.

    At present, the Foreign Office advises against all but essential travel to Tripoli and against all travel to other parts of the country.

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