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ALGIERS- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Massahel on Wednesday underlined Libyan people's desire for peace and security in their country without any foreign interference.

"There's a desire among Libyans to achieve peace. We have noticed it both among ordinary citizens and political leaders," said Messahel following his discussions with the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Libya and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin 

Kobler.  

"So, the solution must come from Libyans and our role is to support it and assist them in its implementation," added Messahel, stressing the need not to interfere in their affairs.

The minister welcomed the return of UNSMIL to Tripoli, adding that his recent tour of some Libyan cities allowed him to notice that "life is normal" in all the cities he visited. "It is not the image often conveyed by some media," he said.

"I spent a night in a hotel in Benghazi (east). There were young people in sportswear, who told us that they are players of the El-Ahly football team of Tripoli who came to play with a local team in Benghazi to mark the 70th anniversary of the creation of El Ahly of Benghazi. This is symbolic...," said Messahel.

Kobler is on a visit to Algeria to continue consultation between Algeria and the United Nations on the Libyan crisis.

The two sides will examine the recent developments of the situation in Libya and the progress in the implementation of the Libyan political accord of 17 December 2015.

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ALGIERS- The tour of Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelakader Messahel, recently in Libya,  was Wednesday on the agenda of the talks between Messahel and the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Libya Martin Kobler, who underlined the importance to meet the Libyans inside their country.

“Messahel is a friend whose wisdom and advice I appreciate. We talked about his tour in Libya and I think that it is very important to strengthen the message that there is only the political dialogue which matters. There is no military solution,” said Kobler, following his meeting with Messahel.

After stressing the need to talk directly to the Libyans in their country, Kobler said that he came today from Tripoli where he was informed about Messahel’s visit and his meetings with Libyan personalities.

“People were very grateful for his visit and it gave them hope, because the most important is not to talk about Libya outside Libya but to go there and speak directly with the people, the politicians and youths. It is the first time where a politician from a bordering country makes a tour and speaks with the Libyans.”

In this regard, Kobler expressed particularly his “gratitude” to Algeria’s policy and Minister Messahel to “support the United Nations’ process.”

“I am not talking about an Algerian initiative but about Algeria’s efforts to support a process and implement a Libyan political agreement,” said Kobler.

“We have noticed a certain deadlock and some articles of the Libyan political agreement must be changed,” he added, calling to “support the United Nations.”

“This should be a process of the United Nations. We have many initiatives, but I think that the policy of Algeria and Minister Messahel to support the United Nations process is very important.”

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ALGIERS- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel said there is no alternative to the political settlement of the Libyan crisis.

"There is no alternative to a political settlement of the crisis in Libya," Messahel told Canal Algerie TV station, stressing the need for "reconciliation and dialogue among the Libyans."

This path, said Messahel, will lead to "the setup of strong, credible and fair institutions," adding that "terrorism feeds up on the weakness or the absence of the state." 

"It is the case of Libya or our close vicinity, that's why we are eager to see the success of the political process," the Algerian official underlined.
"We will assist (Libya in the political process), as it concerns the future and the stability of the country, which is inseparable from the stability of the neighbouring countries."

Messahel said he went to Libya to present the Algerian experience in the political settlement of crises.

"We have gone (to Libya) to explain how Algeria has managed to overcome the tragedies it went through during the black decade, starting from a transition, to the setup of the Council of State, the draft of a new Constitution, then the holding of the elections." 

 

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ALGIERS- Libya's neighbouring countries will meet in Algiers on 8 May, as part of efforts for a political solution, through an inter-Libyan dialogue in Libya, announced Minister of Maghreb, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel.

Speaking at Canal Algerie's programme "Question d'Actu," Messahel said "Algeria will host the 11th session of Libya's neighbouring countries in Algiers on 8 May," adding that that the crisis in Libya is an "extremely important issue."

In this regard, the minister underlined the need for all Libya's neighbours to "meet and discuss security issues in the region, which would be the main theme of Algiers meeting."

"Security is a common challenge. If we want to find a political solution to Libya, we must ensure security in the region," he said, stressing the need for "a consensual political solution and the building (in Libya) of strong institutions, unified army, security services and a stable State."

Messahel also emphasized the different threats posed to the region, especially "instability in our immediate neighbourhood in Libya's southwest, terrorist groups, criminal organizations, illegal migration and organized crime.

In this regard, he called on all countries of the region to "work together" to counter these threats.

"Algeria has always been in favour of a political solution to the crisis and rejected any military action in Libya, and has always called for national reconciliation stressing the need to support Libyan people in their fight against terrorism," said Messahel.

In May 2014, Algeria hosted the first meeting of Libya's neighbouring countries on the sidelines the ministerial conference of the Non-Aligned Movement.

During that meeting, Algeria underlined the need for a political solution, as the only means guaranteeing the unity and sovereignty of Libya as well as the cohesion of its people.

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ALGIERS- Arab League's deep reform is one of "Algeria's priorities during its presidency of the organization's council at the ministerial level," Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel said Monday.

Algeria, which holds the rotating presidency of the the Arab League Council at the ministerial level until September 2017, has set priorities, including a "deep reform of the Arab League," Messahel told Canal Algerie TV station.

Noting that most major conflicts are in the Arab region (Syria, Yemen and Iraq), Messahel said the "Arab League is unable to manage the situation in those countries or take the (appropriate) decisions."

"The Arab League has not the capacity to be an important actor because it has not made the necessary changes," he regretted.

Citing the example of African Union's evolution since its creation and the goals met so far for the development of the continent, Messahel greeted the "major progress achieved and the reform undertaken by the AU, wishing that the "Arab League dos likewise."

 

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ALGIERS- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and the Arab league Abdelkader Messahel said that Algeria welcomes all kinds of initiative that supports Libyans in the search of a solution to this crisis in their crisis.

Speaking in Canal Algerie’s programme “Questions d'actu,” Messahel said, answering a question on “the future of the tripartite (Algeria-Tunisia-Egypt),” that Algeria “is not against a three-party meeting on Libya.”

“We welcome all kinds of initiatives that support Libyans in the search of a solution. I myself took part in a tripartite meeting at the ministerial level,” said the minister, adding that “as for a possible summit, two conditions must be met: first of all, there must be a preparation, and those mainly concerned, namely Libyans, are a stakeholder in this kind of initiative.”

“A summit marks the result, but not the start of a political process,” underlined Messahel.

The minister also said that “one thing excluded, and that is dialogue with terrorists.”

 “Major terrorists are identified in Libya or elsewhere. The reference for us, is the groups listed by the United Nations. In Libya, there are three (Daesh, Al Qiada, Anssar Charia). We are for the peaceful, political dialogue, but not for the dialogue of weapons,” said the minister.

Furthermore, Messahel cited two” important indicators” favourable to the political process in Libya. The first, regarding a discreet meeting between Libyans, recently held in Roma (Italy). In this regard, Messahel called to encourage antagonistic to meet even if, at the beginning, “it is not that easy.’

“But with time, people will find consensus points that could be done discreetly,” he said.

The second indicator is relative to “the establishment of the United Nations mission in Tripoli, Libya which, until now has operated from Tunis.”

For the minister, it is important that a UN mission is deployed to Libya because it will facilitate dialogue in Libya. Furthermore, the UN guarantees the implementation of the political agreement through the Security Council’s resolution 22/59.

 

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ALGIERS- The special representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Libya and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler, will pay a working visit to Algeria next Wednesday to continue Algeria-UN consultation on the Libyan crisis, said Saturday the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement.

"As part of the joint efforts of the UN and Algeria, the UN Special Representative for Libya and head of UNSMIL, Martin Kobler, will pay a working visit to Algeria on Wednesday 26 April 2017, to continue consultation between Algeria and the UN," said the statement.

During the visit, Kobler will hold discussions with Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel on "the latest developments of the situation in Libya and the implementation of the Libyan political accord of 17 December 2015, added the Ministry's statement.

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TRIPOLI – Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel welcomed on Friday the "belief of all the Libyan parties in the need for dialogue to find a solution to the crisis.”

Holding a news conference on Friday in Tripoli with first vice president of the Presidential Council of Libya's Government of National Accord, Ahmed Omar Maitiq, at the end of his Libya tour, Messahel said that "all the parties that he met with, whether in Al-Bayda, Benghazi, Zentan, Misrata or in Tripoli, have their readiness (to engaging) dialogue in a view to finding urgent solutions to the crisis."

The minister said that he had explained the Algerian experience in achieving peace and national reconciliation as an experience to follow t end the Libyan crisis" which can only be resolved by dialogue and national reconciliation.

The Libyans themselves must find a solution to the crisis as part of the Inter-Libyan dialogue, free of any foreign interference.”

Messahel also announced that another is planned in the Libyan South, in the coming weeks.

Maitiq hailed the "good relations" binding Algeria and Libya, underlining the need for resolving all the outstanding questions and later building the State institutions; which are two priority issues for the moment.

Messahel, heading an important delegation, conducted a three-day tour in Libya. He visited Al-Bayda and Benghazi (East of the country) and Zintan, Tripoli and Misrata (west).

He met with political and military figures, representatives of the civil society and youth in Libya’s Benghazi and Misrata. 

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MISRATA (Libya)- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel said Friday, in Misrata, that the Libyans have shown a "strong will to reach a peaceful solution through an inter-Libyan political dialogue." 

At the end of a visit to Misrata (in the west of Libya) on Friday, the minister said he "noticed a strong will among the Libyans to reach peaceful solutions through a political all-inclusive dialogue."

Messahel said he perceived such a will in all the Libyan towns he has visited, namely Al Bayda, Benghazi, Zentan, Tripoli and Misrata. 

He reiterated Algeria's conviction that a "solution (to Libya crisis) can only be reached through an inclusive dialogue among all Libyans, without any exclusion."

"The Libyans can achieve it without any foreign interference."

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Friday, 21 April 2017 13:56

Messahel meets with Libya's GNA Premier

TRIPOLI-Minister of Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel met Friday in Tripoli with Libya's Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord Fayez al-Sarraj as part of his visit to Libya, which aims to bridge views between Libyans and reach a peaceful solution based on dialogue and national reconciliation.

Messahel and the delegation accompanying him were welcomed at the headquarters of the Council of Ministers by al-Sarraj, in the presence of Libya's Foreign Minister Mohamed Tahar Siala. Messahel also held talks with the Vice-chairman of the Libyan Presidential Council Ahmed Miitig. 

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MESRATA (Libya)-Minister of Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel arrived Thursday in Mesrata (west of Libya) to meet many politicaln military and civil figures part of a visit to bridge Libyan belligerents' viewpoints in favour of a peaceful settlement to the crisis that shakes the country.  

Messahel, accompanied by a large delegation, arrived to the airport of Mesrata from Tripoli, the fifth step of his region. Received by local authorities, Messahel was warmly welcomed by the inhabitants of the city.   

Messahel will meet military figures belonging to the operations room of the "El Bouniyane El Marsous" initiative, a group of MPs, representatives of the "political gathering" and those of the Council of notables. 

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ZENTAN (Libya)- Notables and local personalities of the region of Zentan on Thursday hailed "Algeria's efforts, under the leadership of President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika," for the reunification of the children of Libya, underlining the need to draw on the Algerian experience in the achievement of peace ad national reconciliation.

While welcoming Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel and the delegation accompanying him, some notables of Libyan tribes of Zentan and local personalities said "Algeria's support to Libya is nothing new from the government and the people of Algeria."

They also hailed "the intense efforts of President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika in favour of peace and reconciliation in Libya and in the region."

The member of the social committee of the city of Zentan, Sheikh Chaabane Al Marhani underlined the efficiency of Algeria's experience in the fight against terrorism and extremism as well as in the achievement of national reconciliation.

He added that Libya needed to draw on such experience to ensure its security and stability.

"The population of Zentan have been never against reconciliation," he said, adding that "the children of Zentan are open to dialogue with all Libyans to stop the bloodshed of Libyans."

For his part, the head of the council of the notables of Zentan tribes, Omar Belaid expressed "satisfaction of Zentan tribes at Algeria's efforts for an inter-Libyan dialogue," and underlined the deep relations between the Algerian and Libyan peoples.

A member of the municipal council of Zentan, Al Sadek Al Azhari hoped that Algeria's efforts for reconciliation between the children of Libya would be successful.

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TRIPOLI- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel arrived Thursday in Libya’s capital Tripoli, the fourth stage of his tour in this country, intended to bridge the positions, in support to the process of the political resolution of the Libyan crisis.

Messahel and the delegation accompanying him have been greeted at Mitiga international airport by Libyan foreign minister Mohamed Tahar Siala.  

 Messahel later held talks with President of the High Council of State Abderrahman Swihli. 

The Libyan capital Tripoli is the fourth stage of Messahel’s tour started Wednesday.  

Previously, he visited Al Bayda, Benghazi in the east of the country, and Zentan (west).

Messahel is expected this evening in Mesrata.

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ZENTAN (Libya)-Minister of Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel stressed Thursday in Zentan (west of Libya) he was “bearer of a message of hope” from Algeria, which hopes terrorism tragedy won’t reoccur in Libya.

In a speech before notables of the region of Zentan and local officials, Messahel affirmed he came to Libya “bearing a message of hope from the Algerian people and President of the Republic, Mujaheed Abdelaziz Bouteflika to all Libyans given Algeria’s painful experience in counterterrorism, stressing that “Algeria hopes terrorism tragedy will not reoccur elsewhere, especially in Libya, a neighbouring and brotherly country."

“I would like to thank you for the warm welcome you have given me and express my pride to be here among my brothers in Zentan including notables, officials and mujahedeen of this dear country, whose blood mingled with Algerians’ one during our struggle against then French colonizer,” stated Messahel before the population that came to welcome him.

After he affirmed that there would be no solution to the crisis without dialogue between Libyans, Messahel said he was confident in the Libyans’ ability to turn the page of violence. “In Libya, there are women and men able to rebuild the country through dialogue, political solutions and national reconciliation between the components of the Libyan people, without any exclusivity or marginalization.”  

Recalling President Bouteflika’s efforts to build Algeria and entrench stability through the law on “Rahma” (Mercy), the low on Civil Concorde and the national referendum on national reconciliation, Messahel said “thanks to this judicious policy, Algeria enjoys peace, security and stability today.”

Libyans have to address many issues particularly national reconciliation, he affirmed, stressing “that dialogue has to bring together Libyans and has to take place in Libya and not abroad. Only Libyans can build their country’s future”

Messahel and the delegation accompanying him met with members of the Communal Assembly of Zentan, a representative of the Committee for national dialogue and a representative of the Supreme Council of Tribes.

 

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BENGHAZI (Libya)- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel said the Libyans are "ready to embark on a dialogue and find permanent solutions through the country's huge potentialities, namely the men, women and elites of the different Libyan regions."

Messahel reiterated that Algeria has always called for "inter-Libyan" dialogue "inside Libya."

"We have come to listen to our brothers in Benghazi as we will do it with our brothers in the other towns and regions (of Libya)," Messahel said at a meeting Wednesday in Benghazi.

During the meeting, bringing together notables and local personalities of Libya's east, the Algerian official called for "giving priority to those calling for the settlement of the crisis and rejecting hostile views of those who only make the situation worse."

 

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BENGHAZI (Libya)- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel discussed Wednesday, in Benghazi (east of Libya), with the Field Marchal Khalifa Hafter as part of his tour to Libya for a political settlement to the Libyan crisis.

Accompanied by a large delegation, Messahel arrived Wednesday in Benghazi, second stage of his tour that he started in the city of El Bayda (east of Libya). He was received by Marchal Khalifa Hafter at the headquarters of the Libyan Arab Armed Forces.

The meeting focused on the latest developments on the Libyan political scene and the need to support the inter-Libyan dialogue far from any foreign interference on the basis of the political agreement and national reconciliation.

Messahel had already met with the Speaker of the Libyan Parliament Akila Salah in the city of El Bayda (east of Libya) where he underlined that “Algeria’s message through this tour is clear: There is no alternative to the inter-Libyan consensual political settlement without foreign interference,” underlining “a possible revision of the political agreement on the basis of proposals made by the Libyan parties.”

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AL BAYDA (Libya)- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel held discussions Wednesday, in Al Bayda (East of Libya), with the president of the Libyan House of Representatives Akila Salah, as part of a tour he is making to support the political process to settle Libyan crisis.

Messahel, who arrived Wednesday in Al Bayda leading a large delegation, was received by Akila Salah at the Cabinet of the Authority in charge of drawing up the Constitution.

“Algeria is the first to call for an inter-Libya,” underlined the minister, highlighting the importance of this point in order to put an end to the crisis in this country.

Messahel arrived early Wednesday in Al Bayda as part of a tour that will lead him to various cities and regions of the country, as part of Algeria’s continuing efforts in favour of a political process to settle the Libyan crisis. The next tour id scheduled in the South of Libya.

This tour is part of the efforts that Algeria has always made to bring the Libyan brothers’ positions closer for a lasting political solution to the crisis through the inter-Libyan inclusive dialogue and national reconciliation which preserves Libya’s territorial integrity, its sovereignty and the unity and cohesion of its people.

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 11:59

Messahel arrives in Libya for working visit

AL BAYDA (East of Libya)- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel arrived Wednesday, in Al Bayda (East of Libya), for a working visit that will lead him to various regions of the country within the framework of the efforts made by Algeria to support the political process to settle the Libyan crisis.

Upon his arrival to Al-Abrak international airport, in the city of Al Bayda, Messahel was welcomed by several local personalities. He will start his tour that will lead him to various cities and regions of the country to meet with personalities and other players of the Libyan political scene.

This tour is part of the efforts that Algeria has always made to bring the Libyan brothers’ positions closer for a lasting political solution to the crisis through the inter-Libyan inclusive dialogue and national reconciliation which preserves Libya’s territorial integrity, its sovereignty and the unity and cohesion of its people.

In April 2016, Messahel went to Tripoli (Libyan capital) as part of a visit, the first of its kind of an Arab and African minister following the installation of the members of the government of national accord in Tripoli. During this visit, he reiterated Algeria’s support for the restoration of peace, security and stability in Libya.

The United Nations representative for Libya Martin Kobler dubbed Messahel’s visit “a message of strong support to the Libya’s stability.”

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ALGIERS- The second session of Algerian-Russian consultation on security and counterterrorism has got underway at the International Centre of Conferences in Algiers on Tuesday.

The session is co-chaired by Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel and the representative of Russia's National Security Council Venediktov Alexander.

The regional and international fight against terrorism as well as the main conflicts and crises in the region, especially the situations in Libya, Mali, Sahel, Syria, and Western Sahara will be examined by the two delegations.

The session will also focus on the fight against cyber-terrorism and cybercrime, as well as the connection between terrorism and transnational organized crime.

The first session of Algerian-Russian consultation took place in Moscow in July 2016.

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ALGIERS- The minister of Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel will tour, starting from Wednesday, several Libyan cities and regions announced Tuesday, the ministry of foreign Affairs in a communiqué.

Messahel’s visit “is part of the efforts that Algeria has always made to bring the Libyan brothers’ positions closer for a lasting political solution to the crisis through the inter-Libyan inclusive dialogue and national reconciliation which preserves Libya’s territorial integrity, its sovereignty and the unity and cohesion of its people,” underlined the communiqué.

This tour “will be followed by another that will include other regions of this brotherly and neighbouring country,” said the statement. 

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