The Speaker of the Tunisian House of Representatives, Rachid Ghannouchi, acknowledged that his country has not played much of a role to solve the Libyan crisis, considering 50% of Tunisia's problems would have been solved by settling the conflict in Libya and criticizing successive Tunisian governments "handling of Libya as a ideological battle between secularists and Islamists."
Ghannouchi, in an interview with local radio station Diwan FM on Tuesday, said that Tunisia was supposed to be the arena where efforts to resolve the crisis are managed, but he regretted its small presence and lack of opportunities.
"It is enough for half a million Tunisians to turn to work in Libya to end the country's unemployment problems, as well as the markets that will open for our agricultural and industrial goods," he added.
Ghannouchi also pointed to the statements of the EU ambassador, who spoke of the last opportunity for Tunisians to exploit the positive developments in Libya.
EU ambassador to Tunisia, Marcus Cornaro, said that the positive developments in Libya are another test for Tunisia's logistical capabilities in the field of construction and operation, warning that it could be preceded by Turkey and Egypt in this field.
"The Triangle of Tunisia, Libya and Algeria should be the starting point for reviving the dream of the Maghreb," said Ghannouchi.
"The Algerian leadership has to bet on the open borders and the single currency between the Triangle of Tunisia, Libya and Algeria just as the European dream has begun," Ghannouchi added, stressing the importance of Algeria and Libya in Tunisia's recovery and development.
The crisis in Tunisia over the government reshuffle continues and has seen a split in the street and the political class over Ghannouchi's Ennahda movement's call for demonstrations next Saturday, in an effort to counter protests demanding the overthrow of the government and the overthrow of the speaker of the House of Representatives.