Saudi Arabia closes embassy in Libya due to security concerns

DUBAI Mon May 19, 2014 8:48am EDT

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia closed its embassy and consulate in the Libyan capital and withdrew all of its diplomatic staff on Monday due to security concerns, the ambassador said.

"All the diplomatic staff has left the Libyan capital aboard a private plane due to the security situation through which Libya is passing," ambassador Mohammed Mahmoud al-Ali said in a statement reported on the state news agency SPA.

(Reporting by Rania El Gamal; Editing by Sami Aboudi and Angus MacSwan)