Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui said on Monday that his country still feels the effects of the "reckless intervention" of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Libya in 2011, which led to the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi.
In an interview with Foreign Policy magazine during his visit to Washington, Jhinaoui said that the security of Tunisia depends on the stability of Libya. However, the foreign force used Tripoli as the arena for its proxy war.
He described the intervention of the United States, Britain and other forces in the civil war in Libya in 2011 as "almost a policy of attack and withdrawal."
"There is no exit strategy (of that situation); they have overthrown the government, but they have not helped create conditions that will help Libya to elect or choose another government," he said. "Now Libya finds itself in a mess."
"It is important for us to see Libya stable because our security is linked to that of Libya," he said, noting that Libya has the necessary ingredients for stability and prosperity, including a wealth of natural resources and a harmonious society.
He considered that complicating the situation in Libya was "foreign interference", but he refrained from mentioning certain countries involved in Libya.
He pointed out that Tunisia is increasing the training of the security forces and the army to address the threats coming from Libya with the help of the United States and its European allies, and said: "Our troops are trained and armed better now, they prevent these terrorist attacks rather than respond to them."