Tunisian president, Libya's National Army chief discuss Libyan conflict
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi received Libya's self-proclaimed National Army chief, General Khalifa Haftar, here on Monday to discuss settlement of the Libyan conflict.
Libya's U.N.-backed Government of National Accord operates in the country's west and is headquartered in Tripoli, struggling for more extensive influence across Libya.
The rival government, backed by Haftar's self-proclaimed Libyan National Army, is based in the city of Tobruk. The Libya's National Army controls most of the country's east and south and desires for international recognition.
"This visit is part of Tunisia's efforts to contribute to the resolution of the Libyan conflict through consensus among the different parties of the conflict," the Tunisian president said.
During the meeting, Beji Caid Essebsi called on Libyans "to resort to dialogue, reconciliation and reconstruction of the state institutions," saying that "Tunisia's stability depends on the stability of Libya."
Moreover, Essebsi said that "Tunisia will remain on the same distance from all the conflicting Libyan parties, especially since Tunisia will defend Libyan unity while avoiding any interference in the internal affairs of Libya."