On Sunday in an episode of the program “LIVE” on 218News, the topic addressed neighboring countries’ relentless efforts to solve the Libyan crisis, in light of the recent political developments and the increase of external interference as well as the countries’ stances and statements regarding Libya.
Tunisian journalist, Bassam Radi, said Libya has become under the spotlight, especially after its political situation has worsened following the Turkish and Russian intervention, adding that the neighboring countries are afraid of security and economic consequences that may harm their interests.
He also said that other concerns are the division of Libya, while countries’ positions have changed, and more seriously: “the legitimacy of the Government of National Accord has changed.”
Radi indicated that the neighboring countries of Libya cannot have a major role in political affairs, but they can gather Libyans in an inclusive national dialogue, even though this role was delayed despite the attempts of the late Tunisian President Essebsi to hold meetings to communicate about elections to take Libya to safety. Yet, it did not happen.
The Algerian political analyst Jamal Al-Sharafi, said that the Algerian position has become one of the positions that must be adopted, as it is at the same distance from all parties, considering that the proposal of President Abdelmajid Tebboune is acceptable, as it calls for an election of a Libyan National Council with agreed deadlines.
Al-Sharafi stressed that the political solution and popular legitimacy is the only solution in Libya to get it out of the quagmire of chaos, because the current situation is far from the “false legitimacy” that some claim.
Unifying Position of Neighboring Countries
Meanwhile, the editor-in-chief of Al-Ahram newspaper, Asma al-Husseini, said that the movements of the Libyan neighboring countries were being hindered by not meeting a single effective movement, as well as by the large number of external interventions and internal divisions, considering that the statements of Tunisian President Kais Saied’s, the Algerian President, and the Egyptian Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on the “Cairo Declaration”, were gaining great importance.
Al-Husseini said that among Cairo, Tunisia and Algeria, there’s a combined vision of pushing for a peaceful political solution and sending a message to the international community that the neighboring countries are directly affected by the proxy war, and that they will not remain silent at these increasing interventions.