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No invitation for Libya to Britain's royal wedding

Protocol dictates that all ambassadors based in London should be invited unless there is a diplomatic problem

No invitation for Libya to Britain's royal wedding
ROYAL WEDDING: Britain has decided against inviting a Libyan representative to the wedding this week of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey (Getty Images)
No invitation for Libya to Britain's royal wedding
(Getty Images)

Britain has
decided against inviting a Libyan representative to the wedding this
week of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey, official
sources said on Monday.

An invitation to Libya's
ambassador was prepared before the conflict in the country intensified
in March but was not delivered, according to the sources.

The
decision not to issue the invitation to the wedding on Friday was made
by the Foreign Office which is dealing with the issue of which foreign
dignitaries should attend, they said.

Protocol
dictates that all ambassadors based in London should be invited unless
there is a diplomatic problem. Representatives of Iran and Zimbabwe, for
example, have been invited despite strained relations with Britain in
the past.

"All heads of mission in
London representing countries with which we are in normal diplomatic
relations have been invited to the royal wedding," a Buckingham Palace
spokeswoman said.

Britain expelled
five Libyan diplomats last month, judging their presence could pose a
threat to national security. However, Libya's ambassador and other
embassy staff remain.

On Sunday,
Bahrain's crown prince said he would not attend the wedding because of
unrest in the Gulf Arab kingdom, defusing a potentially embarrassing row
over his invitation.