Tunisia shares a border of almost 500 km with Libya. The Tunisian press wonders.
"The Congo will take part in the Berlin congress for Libya … And not Tunisia!", is outraged digital Tunisia. "If this exclusion testifies to one thing, it is the failure and the bankruptcy of Tunisian diplomacy. A diplomacy which succeeded in barely two months, isolating the country from the international community and its environment, geographic as well as cultural and economic ", laments the media.
Who will be present on January 19 in Berlin? Several countries will be represented, including Russia, Turkey, the United States, China, Italy and France, Egypt, Algeria, the United Arab Emirates, the two protagonists of the Libyan crisis, the Marshal Haftar and Fayez Sarraj (the presence of the latter is not, at this stage, confirmed). But not there "Tunisia which will be the first concerned by the war at the gates of its borders and which will be called to manage this situation and its fallout", insists digital Tunisia.
The Tunisian press recalls that Chancellor Angela Merkel invited President Kaïs Saïed to Germany for a state visit. "However, (…) there was never any question of Tunisia's participation in the Berlin conference, at least on the side of Germany. The visit of the German Minister for Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas, to Tunis in October 2019, had been the opportunity to clarify things on both sides and despite the insistence of the Tunisian side, Berlin did not deign to invite Tunisia ", notes Tunis Webdo.
The #Tunisia excluded from the Conference of #Berlin on the #Libya :
"incomprehensible, inexplicable, a blow to our diplomacy" (Le Temps)
State daily "Essahafa" calls Tunisia "outcast state" pic.twitter.com/wr7KAOND9g
– Ochlocracy (@Ochlocracy) January 16, 2020
Tunisia is the first country affected by the Libyan situation, in 2012-2013 Tunisia received 1.5 million Libyan refugees. Why exclude him from this conference?
The Berlin conference on Libya will take place without Tunisia https://t.co/4b9CsplA3i via @webdo_tn
– Nadia chaabane (@nadiachaabane) January 15, 2020
"Otherwise, apart from the advantage of geographic proximity, at present, what is the weight of Tunisia – diplomatically and militarily – on the Libyan conflict? One wonders if the non-invitation of Tunisia to the Conference of Berlin is the mirror of Tunisia's stature in the concert of international diplomacy? Did the Germans want to spare Tunisian diplomacy from doing figuration during this Berlin Summit? ", wonders La Presse.
And the daily explain the presence of the Congo in Berlin. "First (…) the Congolese president, Denis Sassou-Nguesso is the head of the African Union High Committee on Libya. Deuzio, in recent years, the latter has positioned himself as a pivotal player in the conflict Besides, there are countless contacts with the members of the High Council of Libyan cities and tribes as well as with Algeria, Egypt and neighboring countries. "