Minister of Foreign Affairs meets with Special Representative and Head of United Nations Support Mission in Libya

The latest developments in Libya and the efforts of the UN envoy to bridge the gap between the parties and revive the political process under the auspices of the United Nations, were at the centre of Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui's meeting

on Friday with Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Ghassan Salameh, reports the ministry in a statement.

Jhinaoui reiterated Tunisia's support for the efforts of the United Nations envoy to Libya to fully implement the United Nations plan of action to achieve a comprehensive political settlement of the Libyan crisis, recalling Tunisia's position in favour of dialogue and consensus as the only way to bring the political process in Libya to a successful conclusion, the immediate cessation of fighting and the political solution to the crisis in Libya.

The Minister recalled the central role of the Libyan file in Tunisian diplomacy, which has placed it at the forefront of its priorities, given the close relations existing between the two brotherly peoples and the direct repercussions of developments in Libya on security and stability in Tunisia and in the region in general.

In this context, he underlined the key role of Libya's neighbouring countries, in particular Tunisia, by actively contributing to all initiatives aimed at helping the Libyan brothers to overcome their differences and return to the negotiating table so that they can focus on development efforts and strengthen their constitutional institutions.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs also informed the UN Special Envoy of the content of his meeting on Thursday with the ambassadors of the permanent members of the Security Council before Tunisia joins the UN Security Council in early January as a non-permanent member. He said that the meeting highlighted the importance of the return of the inter-Libyan dialogue, the call to end foreign interference and the rejection of any military solution to the crisis.

For his part, Ghassan Salameh, commended Tunisia's efforts to bring the Libyan parties closer together and urged them to engage in dialogue and negotiate a political solution to the crisis in the country.

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