Tunisia renews call for stopping bloodshed in Libya
22/08/2019 20:02, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - Tunisia renewed its call for stopping the bloodshed in Libya, urging the Libyan parties to adhere to dialogue and political solution in order to overcome the crisis and its fallout on the Libyan people and on neighbouring countries.

This came at a joint press conference held on Thursday by Minister of Foreign Affairs Khemaies Jhinaoui and and his Libyan counterpart in the Government of National Accord (GNA) Mohamed Taher Siala, to highlight the dangerous and accelerating developments in Libya.

He stressed Tunisia's keenness to help the Libyans overcome their differences and move towards a peaceful solution through political talks rather than military confrontations, pointing out that "there is no possibility of imposing a military solution in Libya."

Jhinaoui said Tunisia is still in contact with international actors to push for more diplomatic efforts to find a solution to the Libyan crisis and end bloodshed, the most recent of which was when he met last month US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the sidelines of the third round of the Tunisia-US Strategic Dialogue .

He pointed out that Tunisia stands at the same distance from the various Libyan parties, saying in this context that the stability of Libya is in the interest of Tunisia, which is living a delicate phase of democratic transition and establishment of institutions.

Whatever the differences among the people of the same country, the political solution to the crisis must be inter-Libyan, he said, adding that Tunisia is ready to take any initiative or approach to stop the fighting.

He also said that Tunisia welcomes the efforts of the UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salamé to end the Libyan bleeding.

Jhinaoui pointed out that his meeting with his Libyan counterpart in the Government of National Accord Mohamed Taher Siala also discussed bilateral relations at the financial, economic and commercial levels, especially with the intention to convene the Tunisian-Libyan High Commission headed by the two Prime Ministers as soon as possible.

For his part, Mohamed Taher Siala expressed his thanks to Tunisia and his appreciation for the initiative announced by the late President Beji Caid Essebsi, which seeks a peaceful political solution and a comprehensive settlement in Libya.

He pointed out that the only concern today is to discuss how to restore normalcy in Libya, so that Tunisia will be supportive of Libya and Libya supports Tunisia, he stressed.

He added that Tunisia is one of the most important countries looking forward to the stability of his country and attaches great importance to the latest Libyan developments, noting that his government always consulted the Tunisian side before preparing and heading for any international meeting related to the Libyan crisis.

Libya has been living since 2014 through a serious political crisis that amounted to fighting between the conflicting parties, with the presence of more than one parliament and more than one government.

The conflict in Libya has escalated for four months after the Libyan army led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, representing the Tobruk government, conducted a large-scale military operation in Tripoli, a city controlled by the Government of National Accord.

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