Tunisia asks France to push for a unified stance toward Libya at the Security Council

Tunisia asks France to push for a unified stance toward Libya at the Security Council

April 25, 2019 - 20:31
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

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The Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui called on his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian to push the five permanent countries at the UN Security Council to have a unified stance toward the ongoing fighting in Libya.

Speaking on the phone with Jhinaoui on Wednesday, Le Drian said his country insists on realizing the agreement reached in Abu Dhabi between Khalifa Haftar and the Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj in last February.

Abu Dhabi meeting resulted in the need to end transitional phase and uniting all Libya's institutions and then holding elections.

However, according to identical sources, the real deal was a power sharing agreement between Al-Sarraj and Haftar so the PC becomes three members only with Haftar having the right to name one of them and the decisions taken unanimously.

The sources added that Haftar wanted also to remain the chief commander of the army and a member of the national council so he chooses the defense minister on his own.

Nonetheless, Haftar threw all those agreements behind his back and attacked Tripoli as part of his power grab aspirations.

Jhinaoui also told reporters that Le Drian told him that France is working with the Security Council member states to put an end to the fighting in Libya.

Both ministers discussed also the need for an immediate ceasefire in Tripoli and for the political process to resume under the auspices of the UN.