Tunisian Foreign Minister confirms "shaken economic relations" with Libya

Tunisian Foreign Minister confirms "shaken economic relations" with Libya

December 04, 2018 - 20:26
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Khemaies Jhinaoui

The Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui has expressed discontent with the deterioration of economic relations with Libya, which was Tunisia's second economic partner among all countries.

Jhinaoui told the Tunisian News Agency on Monday that his country is keen on retrieving the economic relationship with Libya to its normal position, especially in trade fields.

"Trade with Libya has recovered this year after registering just 800 million dinars last year, knowing that before 2011, it uses to reach 2 billion dollars." He explained.

Jhinaoui said earlier that his country agreed with Libya on oil for goods exchange, explaining that a Tunisian delegation had visited Libya to further the agreement.

However, the spokesman for the Head of the Presidential Council Mohammed El Sallak denied the statement of Tunisia’s Foreign Minister about such a Libyan-Tunisian goods for oil agreement.

Likewise, the deputy head of finance committee at the Tunisian Parliament, Al-Mahdi Brahim, refuted any oil for goods agreements with Libya.

Libya and Tunisia‘s trade has gone down from 2 billion dollars to only one this year, according to a Tunisian official last July, wishing to increase the trade exchange with Libya to 3 billion dollars by 2020.