Tunisian Minister: Libyan Crisis an Internal Matter


Tunisian Minister of National Defence, Imad Mamish said that “what is happening in Libya is an internal matter, and Tunisia’s role is limited to helping to achieve stability and nothing else.”

On the sidelines of his supervision of a Tunisian military convoy heading to the Central African Republic, he said: “Everything that happens in Libya is a Libyan affair, and if Tunisia intervenes, it will be in order to help achieve peace in this brotherly country.”

He stressed that Tunisia has a “legal humanitarian” role at the level of international missions. This will contribute and help achieve security and stability in the region, including Libya.

At the end of August, the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its deep concern over the “dangerous” developments in Libya, and called on the Libyan parties to exercise restraint, calm, and immediately stop armed escalations.

The Tunisian authorities are monitoring the southeastern border with Libya with great caution. This is following the outbreak of armed confrontations between the conflicting parties in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

Tunisia called for the voice of wisdom to prevail among all Libyan parties, and for dialogue to be a way to settle differences and advance Libya’s interests in order to preserve its security, stability and unity. It urged Libya to complete its political path and hold elections to put an end to the existing crisis.

The Libyan Health Ministry said the death toll had reached 32 deaths and 159 injuries, after deadly clashes erupted in the capital of Tripoli.

Earlier this month, the Tunisian Ministry of Interior seized large quantities of weapons and ammunition stores, believed to have been destined for terrorist groups, near the common border with Libya.

The Tunisian Interior Ministry said in a statement that units of the Anti-Terrorism Departments and the Specialized Unit of the National Guard managed to seize 11 Kalashnikovs, 14 ammunition stores and 4,400 bullets.