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Tunisia to Host Meeting of Libya’s Neighbors in Support of Serraj Government

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The Tunisian 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) A "7th Ministerial Meeting of Libya's Neighboring Countries" was held in Algiers in December of 2015 and included Algeria, Egypt, Sudan, Niger, Chad and Tunisia as well as representatives from Libya, as well as the African Union, the Arab League, the European Union and United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) head Martin Kobler. Whether the meeting Jhinaoui had in mind would be a follow up 8th Ministerial or a similar grouping was not specified. During the 7th Ministerial, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Foreign Minister Paolo Gentolini announced their intent to hold the December 13, 2015 Rome Ministerial Conference on Libya, which U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Gentolini co-chaired, as a final diplomatic push for the then seemingly stalled Libyan Political Agreement which was signed only four days later in Skhirat, Morocco on December 17. Despite multiple setbacks including a rejected first proposal, several walkouts and well documented infighting (with several members literally coming to blows) the Presidency Council headed by Libyan Prime Minister Designate Faiez Serraj has continued its efforts to produce a for Libya to reunify the country and unite its forces against Islamic State. After the first proposed Government of National Accord was rejected for containing too many ministers (thirty two) a second slimmed down list has been proposed. The Presidency Council's second proposed government is meeting some difficulties ahead of a now delayed vote of confidence by the internationally recognized (HOR) in Tobruk. But the HOR and the head of the Presidency Council Faiez Serraj have been in communications about the remaining and Serraj is expected in Tobruk on Saturday to present an amended proposal.