Tunisia appoints first envoy to Libya since 2014

Tunisia has appointed a new ambassador to Libya, the first since 2014 after Tunis pulled out staff from the oil-rich country amid strife.

Al-Asaad Ajili, according to the foreign ministry, has been appointed to Libya as part of the annual reshuffle of heads of diplomatic missions.

Tunisia in 2014 withdrew its mission team from Tripoli amid power struggle between Libyan factions marked by kidnappings of the foreign personnel in the country in exchange for ransoms. It also shut down its consulate in 2015 due to security conditions.

Tunisia reopened its embassy and consulate in 2016 without appointing an ambassador. In 2018, it appointed Tawfiq Al-Kasimi as a consul in Libya.

Both countries have however maintained relations and Tunisia has several times confirmed support for the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), headquartered in Tripoli, and backs inter-Libyan dialogue.

 

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