By Libya Herald reporter.
Tripoli, 1 November 2015:
Abdurrahman Sewehli, the Misratan politician considered to now be one of the most powerful men . . .[restrict]in the Tripoli regime, has had talks in Tunis with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi.
The discussions on Saturday focussed on current tensions between the two countries and ways of overcoming them.
There was amble evidence of current tensions as the two men sat down together. On Friday night and Saturday morning, yet more Tunisians, 19 in all, were seized in response to a Libyan being arrested in Tunisia. They were later released but not before Tunisians blocked the road between the border crossing at Ras Jedir and the town of Ben Guerdane in protest at the abductions, and prevented Libyan vehicles from moving.
Tunisia continues to recognise the House of Representatives and the Thinni government but also cooperate with the Tripoli “government” whose premier, Khalifa Ghwell has visited Tunis more than once since being appointed.
“We will always have to work with whoever is in power in Tripoli, whether it is a dictator or someone democratically elected,” a senior Tunisian official recently told the Libya Herald. “We have no alternative.”
The controversial Sewehli, a member of both the General National Congress and the House of Representatives (HoR), although boycotting the latter, is a member of the GNC’s Libya Dialogue team. The recent proposal by UN Special Envoy that he be appointed head of the Dialogue’s planned State Council, sparked fury in the east of the country and is seen as being significant factor in the HoR’s refusal to endorse the Dialogue agreement and the proposed Government of National Accord.