Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui, chairman of the 146th session of the Arab League Ministerial Council, on Tuesday, recalled Tunisia’s attachment during its mandate to stimulate joint Arab action to optimise the efficiency of the treatment of Arab issues and to speed up the political settlement of crises in the region.
Speaking at the inaugural session of the 147th Ministerial Council of the League of Arab States held in Cairo, Khemaies Jhinaoui highlighted Tunisia’s determination to work for an Arab mobilisation in favor of the Palestinian cause, recalling the participation of Tunisia at the International Conference for Peace in the Middle East organised on January 14 and 15 in Paris.
Regarding the situation in Libya, the Minister of Foreign Affairs gave an overview of the initiative of President Beji CaA�d Essebsi, aiming to politically resolve the Libyan crisis by pushing all the protagonists to dialogue.
In this context, he spoke of the outcome of the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt on February 19 and 20, culminating in the Tunis Declaration for a comprehensive political settlement of the crisis in Libya.
“The Tunisian initiative is a tripartite initiative that highlights the key role of neighboring countries of Libya,” reads a statement from the Foreign Ministry.
Regarding the Syrian issue, Khemaies Jhinaoui said the solution to the crisis “cannot be military”, calling on all parties to “implement the ceasefire decision in order to achieve Syrian political dialogue.”
He also stressed the need to reach a political agreement aimed at restoring peace and stability in Yemen and ending the suffering of the Yemeni people.
On the sidelines of the council’s meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs held talks with the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States and with many of his Arab counterparts. Talks focused on bilateral relations and regional and international issues of mutual interest.
The rotating presidency of the Council of the League of Arab States at ministerial level has passed to Algeria until September 2017
Source: TAP news Agency
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