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        8/9/2011, Av 9, 5771

      Canada Closes Libyan Embassy, Orders Diplomats Out


      Canada announced, Monday evening, that it is closing the embassy of Libya as a measure "to isolate and delegitimize" the regime of Muammar Qaddafi. Qaddafi recalled the ambassador to Ottawa three weeks ago.

      Foreign Minister John Baird issued a statement which read, "Canada declares all remaining diplomats at the Libyan embassy in Ottawa personae non grata, effective immediately." The statement continued, “These people now have five business days to vacate the embassy and leave the country." Their access to embassy bank accounts has also been cut off.