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An emergency security meeting was held on Friday evening at Carthage Palace to review the developments in the security situation in Libya, following the eruption of an armed conflict between political factions in Benghazi.
After the meeting, Minister of the Interior Lotfi Ben Jeddou said the meeting discussed the possible impact of escalating tensions in Libya on the security situation in Tunisia and the risk of the extension of the conflict the country which, he noted, hosts one million 900 thousand Libyan nationals.”
The meeting considered preventive measures to guard on the consequences of the dangerous escalation in Libya, he added.
Speaking of the case of the abduction of Tunisian embassy staffer in Tripoli Mohamed Becheikh and diplomat Laroussi Kontassi, the Minister of the Interior said the Government has used every means to secure the release of the two Tunisian hostages, adding it is now considering other possible ways of dealing with the problem, in light of the efforts made by the crisis unit created within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“The next few days may bring us good news about the two hostages,” he stressed.
The meeting was chaired by Caretaker President Moncef Marzouki, President of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) Mustapha Ben Jaafar and Interim Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa and attended by Minister of the Interior Lotfi Ben Jeddou, Minister of National Defence Ghazi Jeribi, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mongi Hamdi and Minister in charge of Security Ridha Sfar.
Source : Tunis Afrique Presse