Tunisia officials announced Monday that negotiations are underway for the release of 172 nationals being held in Libya by militamen, reports AFP.
The Tunisians were allegedly abducted in western Libya by a militia linked with Fajr Dawn and are being held as collateral while a number of commanders are detained in Tunis.
Fajr Dawn is the military arm of Libya's Tripoli based government.
The Foreign Ministry's Arab and African affairs chief Touhami Abdouli remains optimistic.
Abdouli told Shems-FM radio, "we are going to try to make the effort to resolve this at the political level."
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