Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt to discuss Libyan crisis on March 1

Tunisia will host, on Monday, March 1, a meeting of foreign ministers of Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt to take stock of the outcome of contacts established by the three countries with the Libyan stakeholders ahead of a comprehensive political settlement of the Libyan crisis, Foreign Minister, Khemaies Jhinaoui announced on Wednesday.
He added that the encounter will also prepare for the summit meeting of the three presidents before sitting the Libyan parties down at the dialogue table.
In an interview with TAP, Jhinaoui said the president’s initiative on the Libyan issue revolves around four main axes: bringing Libyans from all parts of the political spectrum into dialogue, rejecting any military solution likely to aggravate the crisis in Libya and invite the Libyan protagonists to resolve the disputes and to concretise the Skhirat agreement (Morocco).
It is also a question of continuing to support a political solution in this country, under the umbrella of the United Nations.
This initiative was launched on the visit made by Beji Caid Essebsi to Algeria on December 15, 2016 and his meeting with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika as well as the mission entrusted to him (FM) to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi (December 20, 2016).
This initiative reflects the respect the Libyans have for President Caïd Essebsi who stood beside the Libyan people in 2011 when he was Prime Minister during the outbreak of the Libyan revolution on February 17, 2011, he added.
Among the reasons for launching the initiative, the minister explained, the negative and direct consequences of the Libyan crisis on Tunisia.

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