Tunisia is surprised not to be invited to the Berlin Conference on Libya


Source: Tunisia – France Press

Tunisia, which is preparing for a possible influx of migrants from Libya in the event of an exacerbation of the crisis, is “very surprised” that it was not invited to Berlin conference expected Sunday.

In an interview with the German “Deutsche Welle” television website, Ahmed Blade expressed the Tunisian ambassador to Germany, today, Thursday, “a great surprise” from the “exclusion” of Tunisia from Berlin Conference. The Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed these statements.

Tunisia shares a border of more than 450 km with Libya, and it currently has a non-permanent seat on the Security Council.

The Berlin conference is held under the auspices of the United Nations, and countries involved in one way or another are concerned with the peace process in Libya, including Russia, Turkey, the United States, Italy and France.

The Tunisian newspaper “Al-Maghrib” wrote that “Tunisia is absent”, and that “the only country excluded from the long-awaited Berlin conference is Tunisia, which raises a set of questions about the causes and dimensions.”

The newspaper “Al-Shorouk” Thursday also called “a shock after Tunisia was excluded from the Berlin conference. Our security is from Libyas security … so why is silence?”

However, the Tunisian government has not been formed yet, and the ministerial team proposed by Habib El-Gamli did not gain the confidence of Parliament last weekend, after nearly three months of the parliamentary elections.

In addition, the Tunisian presidency stresses its “keenness on its national sovereignty and distancing itself from the axes”, and its desire “at the same time to adhere to international legitimacy and spare all the peoples of the region division and division.”

The Libyan National Army is campaigning to retake areas controlled by the Al-Wefaq government forces. The clashes have killed more than 280 civilians and 2,000 fighters, and displaced tens of thousands.

AndTunisia has accelerated its preparationsIn anticipation of the arrival of migrants as the situation in Libya evolved.

The Tunisian government presidency held meetings early this month to lay plans of action for the preparations, including the establishment of a refugee camp in a desert region in the south, with a capacity of approximately 25,000 people.

Last week, during his stewardship of the National Security Council, the Tunisian president warned of the “possibility of a number of terrorists infiltrating the refugee ranks,” especially since the country witnessed in 2015 terrorist attacks that were planned from Libya.

And Tunisia previously received hundreds of thousands of immigrants from different nationalities from Libya in the year 2011 following the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.

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