By Jamie Prentis.
Tunis, 15 May 2017:
UNSMIL chief Martin Kobler has praised Tunisia’s efforts to bring about reconciliation in Libya .
In Tunis talks with foreign minister Khemaies Jhinaoui today Kobler said decisive decisions had to be taken to bring about change, adding there needed to be limited revision to the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) for this to happen.
It was critical that the Libyan Dialogue between Libya’s factions restarted as soon as possible.
Though Italy has been praised for bringing together State Council head Abdulrahman Sewehli and House of Representatives president Ageela Saleh, Tunisia was reportedly also working behind the scenes to set up the Rome meeting.
Kobler’s talks with the Tunisian foreign minister follow last Friday’s Tunis visit by Presidency Council head Faiez Serraj and his foreign minister Mohamed Siala.
Jhinaoui said Khalifa Hafter “must be involved in any political solution in Libya, given his important role in the Libyan scene as Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army.”
Tunisia’s continuing drive to end the Libyan crisis stems from February’s ‘Tunis Declaration’ signed by the Egyptian, Algerian and Tunisian foreign ministers cast as a fresh initiative to bring about reconciliation.