France reopened its embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli today after it had been closed for the last six months, a foreign ministry spokesman said.

"Our embassy in Tripoli has reopened today," Bernard Valero said in a press briefing.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Maltese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Maltese embassy in Tripoli was never closed, but it was manned by locally-engaged staff over the past few months.

A decision on the return of the Maltese staff will be taken as the situation in Tripoli improves.

Malta, however, intends to keep open a liaison office set up two months ago in Benghazi.

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