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THE HOUSE: Libya's new Ottawa envoy rebuilds ties

The new interim chargé d'affaires appointed by Libya's interim government to its embassy in Ottawa says one of his biggest challenges he faces is building trust with Canada's Libyan community.
Libya's interim chargé d'affaires in Canada says Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year rule has resulted in Libyans abroad distrusting Libya's institutions, including embassies. (Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)

The new interim chargé d'affaires appointed by Libya's interim government to its embassy in Ottawa says building trust with Canada's Libyan community will be one of his biggest challenges.

In his first radio interview since taking the job, Abubaker Karmos told CBC Radio's The House that trust between Libyans eroded during Moammar Gadhafi's 42 years in power.

"Because of this regime, Libyans really don't trust each other. They don't trust their institutions, whether it's an embassy, whether it's a ministry, whatever. If you travel and you find a Libyan you try to get away because he might be spying on you," he told host Alison Crawford.

Karmos quit as a Libyan envoy five months ago when the anti-Gadhafi rebellion was in full swing. He said he and other Libyan diplomats around the world defected because of the amount of force the regime used to quell the demonstrations.

 

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