The Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs Khemaies Jhinaoui, while speaking at a joint press conference with the Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari in Tunis mentioned that Tunisia would soon organize a meeting of Libya’s neighboring countries to “support for the new Libyan government headed by Fayez al-Sarraj.”(Faiez Serraj)
Jhinaoui added “We are against any military intervention in Libya that will by no means resolve the crisis.” adding “The information available to us indicates that there are preparations in some Western countries for strikes against terrorist targets in Libya, but no military intervention is planned in a near future.”
Jhinaoui’s phrase that “no military intervention is planned in a near future.” is a slight, albeit very slight, departure from what Tunisia has publicly stating it believes is on the horizon.
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi had stated earlier in February that “The countries which plan a military intervention in Libya must first take into consideration the interests of the neighboring countries, first and foremost Tunisia, and consult with us.”
Shortly thereafter the government of Prime Minister Habib Essid held several security and cabinet meetings after which several measures including increased military deployments and humanitarian response plans were initiated.
Although specifics as to what any international intervention in Libya would entail have not been elaborated on, NATO countries most notably Italy, Germany and the United States have issued statements concerning operations planned against Islamic State in Libya. The intervention according to current diplomatic statements would occur at the behest of an as of yet unformed Libyan government.
After over a year of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) mediated talks a Government of National Accord has not yet been approved. A nine member Presidency Council, led by Prime Minister Designate Faiez Serraj, was formed after the UNSMIL Libyan Political DIalogue resulted in the signing of Skhirat Agreement, signed in Morocco on December 17, 2015.
The Presidency Council has submitted a second proposed list of ministers for a Government of National Accord to the internationally recognized House of Representatives in Tobruk, after the first proposal was rejected.