Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid made a brief visit to the Bu Setta naval base in Tripoli, from which the Presidency Council of Faiez Serraj tasked with forming a Government of National Accord has operated since it arrived in Libya by sea from Tunisia last month.
Prime Minister Essid quoted in Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) said ‘procedures to reopen the Tunisian consulate in the Libyan capital are underway.’ The Tunisian consulate in Tripoli was closed in June of last year, the last foreign diplomatic to do so, after militia loyal to the General National Congress government, which Serraj seeks to replace in Tripoli, stormed Tunisia’s consulate and kidnapped Tunisia’s diplomatic staff to demand the release of one of the militia’s members who had been arrested in Tunisia.
According to a statement from Prime Minister Essid’s office during the meeting Serraj and Essid agreed to reopen a ‘diplomatic representation’ in Tripoli by the end of May. Without specifying whether it would be at the consulate which was stormed or a more secure location. The Serraj Presidency Council has yet to exert control over all of Tripoli.
According to the same statement Serraj and Essid also discussed reopening the Tunis-Carthage International Airport to flights from Libya and reopening land border crossings including Ras Jedir which has been closed for weeks.