Ways to reach political solution to crisis in Libya discussed as FM meets US ambassadors in Tunis and Libya

Recent developments in Libya and efforts exerted at the regional and international levels to "find a political solution to the crisis in this country," as well as Tunisian-US relations were discussed at a meeting Wednesday in Tunis between Minister of

Foreign Affairs Khemaies Jhinaoui and US ambassadors in Tripoli and Tunis, Richard Norland and Donald Blome, respectively.

The US diplomats congratulated Tunisia "on its successful recent presidential and legislative elections, which enabled the Tunisian people to choose their MPs and president in a democratic and free manner, and contributed to the consolidation of the democratic path," according to a Foreign Ministry statement.

Jhinaoui reiterated at the meeting that was held at the Ministry’s headquarters “Tunisia’s concern to communicate with the various Libyan parties to urge them to stop the fighting and return to the political process under the UN umbrella.”

He also warned against “the direct impact of the developments in the situation in Libya and its negative repercussions that are extremely dangerous for the security and stability of the entire region."

The minister stressed "the main role of Libya’s neighbouring countries, especially Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt, in contributing to all initiatives aimed at helping the Libyan brothers to overcome their differences and dedicate themselves to reconstruction and building state institutions."

For his part, the US ambassador in Tripoli praised "Tunisia's efforts to resolve the situation in Libya and its keenness to stand at the same distance from the various parties to the conflict."

The meeting was also an opportunity during which the foreign minister discussed with the US ambassador to Tunisia various aspects of bilateral cooperation between Tunisia and the United States.

In this context, he praised the "continued support of the United States," stressing Tunisia's aspiration to "further strengthen the distinguished partnership and cooperation relations binding the two countries in various fields, especially in light of the current challenges."

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