U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued a statement Saturday on the evacuation of staff from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya:

“Unfortunately, this development was predictable, given the lack of direction and leadership from this Administration since it ousted Muammar Gaddafi. Our diplomatic absence will make the hard task of achieving political stability in Libya even harder. When security conditions permit the return of our diplomats, the Administration must give them a new charge to help end the fighting and move Libya forward.”

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