Tunisian president visits Libya for talks with new leadership

FILE PHOTO: Tunisian President Kais Saied holds a Tunisian flag at a past press conference in Tunis, Tunisia, October 13, 2019. /VCG Photo

Tunisian President Kais Saied visited Libya on Wednesday in a show of support for the new government sworn in earlier this week.

Saied’s visit to Tripoli is the first by a Tunisian president since 2012.

The new executive authority, which consists of the Presidency Council and the Government of National Unity, took their oath during an official session of the parliament on Monday.

Mohamed Menfi was appointed as President of the Presidency Council along with new Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah.

Dbeibah’s government was granted confidence by the House of Representatives on March 10.

Saied held talks with Menfi to strengthen trade ties and the adoption of a common investment action plan through which transit and financial transfer procedures would be facilitated.

The new government’s main task is to hold general elections on Dec. 24 as agreed by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum.

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