Tunisian Parliament Speaker: Neutrality is meaningless in Libya

Tunisian Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi. [Tunisian Media]
Tunisia’s parliament speaker Rachid Ghannouchi said Tuesday, peaking in an interview with Anadolu Agency, neutrality on Libya is meaningless, adding that a political solution is the safest way to end insecurity and chaos in Libya.

Ghannouchi, who is the head of the Ennahda Movement, said “Libya’s neighbors cannot live in carelessness. If there is a fire at your neighbor, you cannot be neutral; extinguishing the fire is a duty and necessity, so passive neutrality makes no sense”.

He added that Tunisia’s vision is that a political solution in Libya is the safest way to overcome insecurity and chaos.

As for the refusal of some Tunisian opposition parties of his communication – as speaker of parliament – with the internationally recognized Libyan government headed by Fayez al-Sarraj, Ghannouchi stressed that his communication “did not exceed the Tunisian diplomacy rules.”

Ghannouchi added that Tunisia and its President Kais Saied are in contact with the Al-Sarraj government “because it is the representative of sovereignty according to international legitimacy.”

“Those who protest against our communication are the people who suggest an alternative to legitimacy, such as contacting unrecognized organizations, which is harmful to the interests of the Tunisian state and people,” Ghannouchi said, adding that Tunisia is directly and deeply affected by what is happening in Libya.

He said Tunisia has a long border, trade, economic and social relations with Libya, adding that Tunisian security and economy are affected by what is happening in this neighboring country.

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