March 18, 2011 / 3:13 PM / 6 years ago

Tunisia won't join military intervention in Libya

TUNIS, March 18 (Reuters) - Tunisia will not take part in any international military intervention in its neighbour Libya, a government spokesman said on Friday.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said during a visit to Tunis on Thursday that talks were underway about Arab countries playing a direct role in a military operation against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to protect civilians.

"It is out of the question," government spokesman Taieb Bakouch told Reuters when asked if Tunisia would be involved.

"We will not take part in any military intervention against Libya, we will not take part in any way," he said.

Reporting by Tarek Amara, writing by Silvia Aloisi

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