The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) has revealed that, besides the crisis cell activated in the case of the Romanian engineer kidnapped in Libya, Romania has also asked for its international partners’ support. MAE informed that a meeting of the Romanian officials with the representative of Libya Embassy in Bucharest had taken place on Tuesday.
„Romania’s Embassy to Libya, relocated to Tunis, has taken urgent action upon the Libyan central and local authorities to solve the case. At the same time, the support of Romania’s international partners has been asked. The Crisis Cell continues its activity and collaborates with the international partners of Romania. The Foreign Ministry’s heads had a meeting with the charge d’affaires of the Libyan Embassy in Bucharest on Tuesdya morning, to coordinate the actions to solve the situation. At the same time, the crisis cell is in permanent contact with the representatives of the company where the engineer was working and with his family,” says a MAE press release.
The ministry reminded that it has released a travel alert for Libya since 2015, warning citizens to immediately leave the area.
A Romanian engineer has been kidnapped by armed men near an oil well area in western Libya.
Kidnappings have been on the rise in Libya in the past years, with hundreds having disappeared. There remains a high threat throughout the country of terrorist attacks and kidnap against foreigners, including from Daesh-affiliated extremists (formerly referred to as ISIL) and Al Qaida, as well as armed militias. Daesh and Al Qaeda have attacked a number of oil and gas installations and killed or kidnapped workers, including foreign nationals.