The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TUNIS – Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui revealed on Thursday that some 100,000 Libyans had fled their country to neighboring Tunisia due to fighting in Tripoli as the Libyan National Army (LNA) sought to cleanse the capital of terrorist and criminal gangs.
He told Asharq Al-Awsat that Tunisia and its Arab partners reject the participation of militias and UN-designated terrorists in the war in Libya.
He made his remarks on the sidelines of a joint press conference in Carthage with his Egyptian and Algerian counterparts, who met to discuss the crisis in Libya.
He stressed that Tunisia, which was elected as a two-year member of the UN Security Council, will be keen on ensuring “the execution of all resolutions on Libya, including those related to a political settlement to the crisis and reaching a ceasefire.”
Moreover, Jhinaoui denied the existence of disputes between Tunisia, Egypt and Algeria on efforts to reach a political settlement to the conflict in Libya.
In a statement released overnight, the foreign ministers denounced “the continuous flow of weapons” and the “influx of foreign terrorist fighters” in Libya and ruled out the possibility of a military solution to the crisis.
They agreed to strengthen their cooperation in the fight against terrorism in the region.