Libyans freed in Tunisia for Eid

Tunis, 8 August 2013:

Tunisia has released 21 convicted Libyan prisoners. They were among 343 prisoners pardoned by Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki to mark Eid Al-Fitr, two-thirds of whom had less than three months of their sentebnces left to serve. A further 981 prisoners are reported by the Tunisian news agency TAP to had their sentences reduced by Marzouki, but it is now known if there are any Libyans among them.

The Libyan Consul-General in Tunis, Mohammed Ferjani, was quoted by the Libyan new agency LANA as saying that the 23 were released as a result of the efforts of the Libyan diplomats in Tunisia.

The freed Libyans have not been named nor their crimes announced. However, most, if not all, are thought to have been serving time for drugs offences. Most Libyans in jail in Tunisia are said to have been drugs dealers.

According to the Tunisian Minister of Justice, Nadhir Ben Ammou, none of those released – Libyans or Tunisians – were convicted terrorists.

This is the sixth time that Libyans have been included in a Tunisian presidential general amnesty.  In March 23 Libyans were freed on the occasion of Tunisian Independence Day.

Libya Herald http://www.libyaherald.com/2013/08/08/libyans-freed-in-tunisia-for-eid/

Tunisia Mourns Soldiers, Seeks Answers

30 July 2013

By Nissaf Slama

The killing of eight soldiers yesterday in western Tunisia has led to calls for investigation and national solidarity from Tunisian political leaders, and heightened tensions among Tunisians living near the scene of the attack.

Tunisia Live http://www.tunisia-live.net/2013/07/30/tunisia-mourns-soldiers-seeks-answers/

Ministry of Defense communique names the soldiers killed in Monday’s ambush on Chaambi mountain 30 July 2013. Tunisia Live

Ministry of Defense communique names the soldiers killed in Monday’s ambush on Chaambi mountain 30 July 2013. Tunisia Live

 

In Support of a Syrian Political Solution

Tunisia will support political solution in Syria: President

President Marzouki said that they would support a political solution, and the unity of the Syrian opposition.

http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=110038

WorldBullentin

Strengthening ties in the African Initiative

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s four-day official trip to North African countries Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia will be an opportunity for Turkey to bolster its policy of opening up to the African continent, experts agree.

“These three North African countries are of great importance for Turkey in its engagement policy with the continent,” Cahit Tuz, Middle East adviser in the Turkish Parliament, said in remarks to Today’s Zaman.

http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=110456

WORLDBULLENTIN

Turkish Offer of Technology assistance to Tunisia government

Turkey to guide Tunisia in technology

The METU Teknokent manager said Turkey was in a position to cooperate closely with Tunisia in technology.

Turkey could advise and work with the Tunisian government in the technology field, said Mustafa Kiziltas, Manager of Ankara’s Middle East Technical University (METU) Teknokent, as the countries signed a protocol on technology cooperation this week.

http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=110263

World Bulletin

First official visit Tunisia to Turkey since revolution

Tunisian president to visit Turkey for talks

President Marzouki, who is visiting Turkey upon the invitation of Turkish President Abdullah Gül, is scheduled to address the Turkish Parliament on Wednesday.

http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=109964

WordBulletin

Tunisia mired in state of emergency

Tunisia’s state of emergency must be extended: Sabbagh

By AFP

TUNIS (AFP) – The fragile security situation in Tunisia, where radical Islamists are blamed for a wave of violence in recent months, makes it necessary to extend the state of emergency, Defence Minister Rachid Sabbagh said on Friday.

http://www.modernghana.com/news/465583/1/tunisias-state-of-emergency-must-be-extended-sabba.html