Britain downgrades travel warning on Libya
Britain downgraded its travel warnings for Libya on Thursday, scrapping a blanket ban in favour of advice against all but essential travel to certain towns, including Tripoli and Benghazi.
The change came as Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy became the first foreign leaders to visit the country since rebels overthrew Moamer Kadhafi.
"Since 3 March, we have advised against all travel to Libya," Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement.
"However in light of the improving security situation on the ground I have decided to change our travel advice to advise against all but essential travel to Zuwarah, Az-Zawiyah, Tripoli, Al-Khums, Zlitan and Misrata, and the coastal towns from Ras Lanuf to the Egyptian border, including Benghazi.
"We still advise against all travel to all other areas of Libya."
Hague added that although Britain has reopened its diplomatic mission in the Libyan capital Tripoli, it was only able to provide "very limited consular assistance at this time".
© 2011 AFP