By Jamie Prentis.
Tunis, 13 April 2017:
Fadil Al-Amin, a member of the UN-brokered Libyan National Dialogue Committee has called on the Arab League envoy to Libya to resign after he described Tripoli as a “militia swamp.”
Following the comments made by Arab League representative Salaheddine Jamali yesterday, Al-Amin accused him of “showing a lack of responsibility” and said he was “unqualified” to be Libya’s point of contact with the League.
“I do not know where Mr Jamali studied or trained in the basis of responsible and diplomatic discourse, but it seems that his training did not help him choose his words when dealing with the capitals of countries,” Al-Amin said.
Jamali’s comments exceeded the limits of his work and he risked becoming an undesirable figure, Al-Amin added.
The Arab League envoy was formally the Tunisian ambassador to Libya in the Qaddafi era. Al-Amin said that even though Jamali was Tunisian, his views did not reflect those of his country.
In his comments yesterday, Jamali also praised the role of the Libyan National Army in stabilising Benghazi and noted that almost all foreign embassies to Libya were based in Cairo or Tunis, rather than Tripoli.
The Tunisian diplomat is fairly new to the role having been appointed as envoy last November.