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UN warns against escalation of violence in Libya

The UN Mission to Libya has warned that the escalation of violence had negative impacts on the country’s reputation and economic development.

This was coming following the kidnapping on Tuesday in Tripoli of the Jordanian ambassador, Faouzi al-Aytan.

UN said on Thursday that it would continue to work with the Libyan authorities and other parties to get the Jordanian ambassador released.

The UN Security Council has already condemned the kidnapping and called on the Libyan authorities to protect diplomatic and consular missions and to respect its international commitments.

Libyan Foreign Affairs Ministry said indirect talks had begun with the Jordanian ambassador’s kidnappers.

It said that the kidnappers of the ambassador were demanding the release of a Libyan radical Islamist detained in Jordan for attempted attack.

The General National Congress, Libya’s highest political and legislative authority, has also condemned the kidnapping, saying the act was unlawful and capable of tarnishing Libya’s reputation.

Jordanian authorities had urged their Libyan counterparts to deploy all their means to find the ambassador.

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