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Will Tunisia have a seat in future Libyan dialogues?

Tunisia appears to have lost an opportunity to garner international support to help it cope with the crisis in neighboring Libya when it rejected an invitation to the Berlin conference.

When Tunisia's president turned down the invitation to the recent Berlin conference on Libya, he scored points with the electorate. But senior Tunisian politicians have voiced the need for Tunisia to be a part of international dialogues and raised concerns about their new president’s competence on the world stage.

Tunisia’s invitation to the much-anticipated Jan. 19 Berlin conference on the crisis in Libya came very late, just two days before the conference. According to a Tunisian Foreign Ministry statement, the invitation was rejected not simply because of its late arrival, but because Tunisia did not participate in the preparatory meetings for the conference that began in September — during which time Tunisia had been occupied with presidential and legislative elections and has subsequently failed to form a new government.

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