Tunisian President: We are Prepared to Host Any Meeting between Libyan Parties


Tunisian President, Kais Saied said that Tunisia is “ready to host, support, and accompany any meeting between the Libyans, under the auspices of the United Nations, and based on the references of international legitimacy.”

During his speech at the meeting of the African Union’s High-level Committee on Libya, Saied stressed Tunisia’s position, calling for “an intra-Libyan solution, within the framework of a comprehensive dialogue away from foreign interference.”

He expressed Tunisia’s “satisfaction with the concrete steps taken towards achieving comprehensive national reconciliation in Libya.” He praised the results of the reconciliation conference meetings held in Tripoli, at the beginning of January.

The Tunisian President called on the Libyan parties to “unite around a comprehensive national project that restores security to Libya, and enables it to play its role in preserving the security of the region,” stressing the need to “accompany Libya in the path of political settlement and reconciliation.”

On Saturday, Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry stressed the necessity of backing the constitutional course of the Libyan Parliament and the High Council of State (HCS) to hold Presidential and legislative elections. This is according to Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Ahmed Abou Zaid.

This came during his meeting with his Tunisian counterpart, Nabil Ammar on the sidelines of the 36th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Assembly.

During the talks, Shoukry highlighted the need to “end foreign interference in Libya’s internal affairs, free Libya from all foreign troops and mercenaries, as well as offering full support to the 5+5 Joint Military Committee (JMC).”

In turn, Ammar stressed the importance of Libya’s security for the national security of the two countries. He noted that Cairo and Tunis “are in full agreement on backing the existing process, conducted under the auspices of the United Nations, to hold elections and support the inter-Libyan solution.”

They also stressed the “necessity of the full withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign fighters from Libya, which will highly affect the security conditions in Libya’s neighbouring countries,” added Abou Zaid.

During his participation on Friday, Shoukry “highlighted the negative impact of failing to hold Libya’s elections as scheduled,” the Spokesman added.

He also underscored Egypt’s “efforts in support of solving the crisis in Libya and continued cooperation with the United Nations Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), with a view to reaching a peaceful solution.”

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