Canada expels five Libyan diplomats

May 18, 2011 03:56

VANCOUVER - Canada, which is participating in NATO's air operations in Libya, has expelled five diplomats from Libya's embassy in Ottawa for "inappropriate" activities, the government said on Tuesday.

Canada said it had not, however, severed diplomatic relations between the countries. Operations at its embassy in Tripoli have been suspended for several weeks, an official said.

"The activities carried out in Canada by the five Libyan diplomats are considered inappropriate and inconsistent with normal diplomatic functions," the Department of Foreign Affairs said in a short statement.

A foreign affairs spokeswoman declined to elaborate on the reasons for the explusions or identify which diplomats had been asked to leave, citing Canada's policy of not commenting on state-to-state communications.

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