The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TUNIS – Tunisia’s Foreign Minister, Khemaies Jhinaoui, said that the Libyan issue will be crucial in the agenda of the Arab League summit since the situation in Libya also concerns Tunisia in terms of security and economy.
In a media statement on Monday, Jhinaoui highlighted the role of Ghassan Salamé, UN Secretary-General’s representative in Libya, who, he said, is in constant contact with Tunisia on the latest developments and efforts to put in place a road map and a peaceful process.
“Identifying a peaceful solution for Libya is necessary for security in the Arab region ,” he said, pointing out that the summit will be an opportunity to reaffirm support for the UN envoy and the desire to help him to continue implementing the road-map he has already started.
Tunisia, he said, will host a quadripartite meeting in the framework of the Arab Summit, in the presence of the UN, the African Union, the European Union and the Arab League to discuss ways to concretize the road map and the organization of free elections in Libya before the end of the year.
The minister also said that Tunisia has boosted bilateral relations with Libya, especially since Libya was, before 2011, the second partner of Tunisia in trade (more than 2 billion dinars a year).
“Tunisia’s exports to Libya increased in 2018 significantly without reaching, however, the level before 2011,” he said.
He also mentioned the Tunisian-Libyan High Joint Commission will meet at the level of the heads of government of the two countries in the coming months.
A series of high-level meetings will begin in Tunis on Tuesday, leading up to the 30th Arab League Summit on March 31, where 6,000 delegates from 21 countries are scheduled to participate.