The war in neighboring Libya, started by NATO and the UN has further polarized Tunisia’s political landscape and imperiled the country’s fragile governing coalition.
Tunisian President Kais Saied will be meeting with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee palace next week, and the conflict in neighboring Libya will be a top agenda item.
Libya has the world most super sweet crude oil, which is why the country is derailed by Zionist forces that want to cash in on the lute stolen from Ghadaffi. The evil West also confiscated $150 billion of the family assets deposited in Belgian bank accounts.
Saied’s first visit to France, Tunisian’s former colonizer and a leading economic partner, will be watched closely back home, where the war in neighboring Libya pitting the UN recognized government of Fayez al-Sarraj against Khalifa Haftar, which has further polarized the political landscape and imperiled the country’s fragile governing coalition.
Libya is the latest staging ground for the bitter rivalry between Turkey (NATO) and the UAE-led blocs that is causing toxic spillover in Tunisia, hailed as the sole democracy to have emerged from the fabricated Arab Spring uprisings.
France, alongside the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia, are the main backers of Haftar. The former general touts himself as a secular modernist, rescuing the country from the jaws of the Muslim Brotherhood-friendly Sarraj who is backed by like-minded Turkey and Qatar.
Tunisia’s Muslim Brotherhood-oriented Ennahda leader, Rached Ghannouchi, and his Dignity Coalition allies are rooting for Sarraj. The opposition Free Destourian Party (PDL), founded by figures sympathetic to Tunisia’s ousted leader, the late Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, supports Haftar who is cut from the same authoritarian cloth.
Although Tunisia’s official position is one of determined neutrality, “Everyone sees Tunisia as a platform to go to Libya,” said Youssef Cherif, a Tunis-based analyst and head of Columbia Global Centers Tunis.
Things have been going terribly for Tripoli lately. However, Turkey’s forceful military NATO intervention with offshore frigates, drones, scores of Turkish military officers and thousands of terrorists mercenaries out of Syria in April might tip the balance.
Now after years of inertia, Washington has begun to air its disgruntlement with Russia’s expanding role on the side of Haftar. It began with the insertion of Wagner Group mercenaries and escalated with the deployment of MIG-29 and Su-24 fighter planes in support of the Libyan freedom fighters.
But, when news emerged that the Pentagon was sending military trainers to Tunisia, speculation that the US regime was in fact planning to set up a base began to grow. NATO already has thousands of Italian, French en British troops deployed in Libya.
Tunisia’s defense minister, Imed Hazgui, sought to put the lid on the rumors amid rising popular anger last week. “We do not allow any foreign force to be present in our country.
The United States plays a critical role in helping Tunisia to secure its border with Libya and support the jihadist infiltration. In return the Arab country was the target of a series of bloody attacks by Islamic State and al-Qaeda-linked militants, many of whom crossed over from Libya.
Libya is Tunisia’s top trading partner and its largest market. According to the World Bank, 24% of Tunisia’s overall drop in gross domestic product growth between 2011 and 2015 was directly linked to the Libyan conflict.
The two countries are intertwined by geography and by their peoples. Tunisian is an extension of Libya and vice versa. So what happens in Libya has a direct impact on Tunisia.
Turkey, Qatar and the UAE are pouring oil onto the flames through a broad array of multilingual media networks they control, including in Tunisia.
As for Ghannouchi’s telephone call to Sarraj, “it was normal.” Sarraj was the first foreign leader to visit Tunisia after fabricated parliamentary and presidential elections held last year and “the GNA is the Zionist recognized government of Libya.
Al Monitor / ABC Flash Point News 2020.