Eastern Libyan parliament praises Tunisian, French condemnation of foreign intervention

Ahram Online , Wednesday 24 Jun 2020

The foreign relations committee of the Eastern Libyan Parliament praised on Wednesday France and Tunisia’s rejection of foreign interventions in the war-torn country.

Youssef Al-Akouri, the head of the committee, said that an immediate ceasefire and the restoration of the political dialogue are the only means of solving the Libyan crisis.

He said that the parliament, being the "only legitimate representative of the Libyan people," is committed to the recommendations of the Berlin Conference, renewing his call for backing UN efforts to reach a ceasefire and restore the political dialogue.

Al-Akouri said that foreign interventions have "deepened divisions" among the Libyan people, and warned that attempts to maintain the state of conflict will lead to large-scale strife that will have a dire impact on the stability and security of the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean regions. 

Al-Akouri said that maintaining balanced relationships with all parties is one of Libya’s foreign policy priorities.

He also expressed his interest in "continuous cooperation" between Tunisia and Libya at the highest levels to further the shared interests of the two North African neighbours.

The Libyan statement followed this week's meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and his Tunisian counterpart Kais Saied, where Macron warned that France will not tolerate the Turkish military intervention in Libya.

"I have already had the opportunity to say very clearly to President Erdogan that I consider Turkey to be playing a dangerous game in Libya today and going against all of its commitments made at the Berlin conference," Macron was quoted as saying on Monday.

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