Britain has expelled five Libyan diplomats to protest at the Libyan government's actions and because they could pose a threat to national security, Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Wednesday.
"To underline our grave concern at the regime's behaviour, I can announce ... that we have today taken steps to expel five diplomats at the Libyan embassy in London, including the military attache," Hague told parliament.
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"The government also judged that were those individuals to remain in Britain they could pose a threat to our security," he said.
He also said a British diplomatic mission, headed by a senior diplomat, visited the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Monday and Tuesday to meet opposition groups, including Mustafa Abdel Jalil, head of the rebel Libyan National Council.