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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- 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-Minister for Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel said in Algiers that political agreement in Libya was "the basis for a solution to the Libyan crisis," and stressed the importance to preserve this asset.  

"The political agreement inked on 17 December 2015 is the basis for a solution to the crisis in Libya. This UB-baked process, rejected by very few Libyans, must be preserved," affirmed Messahel in "Question d'actu" show broadcasted on national TV channel Canal Algerie.

Messahel, who has just come back from a visit to many Libyan cities, said "this agreement is not sacrosanct; it may be revised, reread and/or amended."

According to Messahel, one of the agreement provisions states that "signatory parties can meet against, discuss, renegotiate and revise the articles to see if any arrangement is necessary."  

In the same regard, Messahel stressed that his visit to Libya did not aim at presenting an initiative, a project or a solution because Libyan "are able to do it through the plateform they have. They can revise it."

"Institutions in Libya will be established following these steps," he explained.  

The Libyan Chamber of Representatives, whose term ended in 2015, and the Presidential Council "have lasted in time thanks to the political agreement," recalled Messahel, who called to "enrich and encourage this kind of dialogue."

As part of Algeria's vision of bringing together all parties around the same agenda, which also aims to find a Libyan-Libyan solution and provide support from neighbouring countries to Libyans in the search of their solution, Messahel recalled that he had participated, some days ago, in the 4th session of the dialogue on security counterterrorism.

"I recently held the 2nd session of the security dialogue with the Russian Federation, and I am going to Rome in a few days as part of consultation between Algeria and Italy. I think that the role of the international community is somewhat the aim of UN Resolution No. 22/59," he said.

"This is the effort Algeria plays with our UN, French, Italian, Russian and Arab partners. Moreover, we are holding dialogues with Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, China and all members of the UN Security Council," assured the minister.

"Libyans must meet and hold discussions. The message we sent is that the solution must Libyan, between Libyans and for Libya," said Messahel, stating that Chairman of the Chamber of Representatives Saleh Akila affirmed that "the solution must be reached following a Libyan-Libyan dialogue."

Besides, Messahel hailed the reconciliation efforts between Libyans, saying that "populations from Zentan and Misrata (in conflict 2014) managed to re-establish dialogue between them and peace. We must encourage them."

"However, this dialogue must be held without any foreign interference. This is very important," stated Messahel, who warned against interference that "sometimes lead to problems due to hidden agendas and interests."

"But people in Libya are aware of the fact that they must themselves find a solution," reaffirmed Messahel, emphasizing that Libyans are also aware of the fact that the complexity of the crisis in their country is due to "the lack of dialogue or the absence of such dialogue."  

The same official also stated that "misunderstandings are due to the lack of dialogue in any solution," saying that "people must just meet, discuss and negotiate to reach agreements."  

"The situation is complex and at the same time it is not inadequate with the country's human, economic, cultural and sociological capacities." Libya, whose population has reached 6 million inhabitants, has extraordinary potential, fabulous opportunities and competent executives," said the minister.

"We hope the process will be successful," concluded Messahel.

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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 (Libya)- Algeria is to host the 11th meeting of Libya's neighbouring countries as part sustained efforts to reach a political solution to the Libyan crisis, diplomatic sources said Friday. 

Algeria will host, next May, the 11th session of the mechanism of Libya's neighbouring countries, as part of the efforts to support the political solution through an inter-Libyan dialogue inside Libya. 

In May 2014, Algeria hosted the first meeting of the mechanism, on the sidelines of a ministerial conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

During the meeting, Algeria stressed the need to "opt for the political solution, the only way to ensure Libya's unity and sovereignty as well as the cohesion of its people."

Algeria deems it necessary to "fight terrorism, which has become a real threat to the future of that country, and to put Libya's high interests above any other consideration."

  

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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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TRIPOLI-President of the High Council of the Libyan State Abderrahmane Souihli affirmed Thursday the Council’s willingness to work for rapid solutions to the crisis in Libya through dialogue, highlighted the “effectiveness” of the position of Algeria, which remains in equidistance vis-à-vis all Libyan parties.  

Speaking after his meeting Tripoli with Minister of Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel, Souihli hailed “the position of Algeria, which remains which remains in equidistance vis-à-vis all Libyan parties. Such position imparts further effectiveness to its role and support to a peaceful settlement of the crisis.”

 “We appreciate and consider the attempts of Algeria, which has always helped Libyans achieve solutions acceptable by all Libyan parties,” recalled the same official, stressing that “the High Council of State is ready to make all possible efforts to steer out Libya from this crisis and reach rapid solutions.” 

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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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BENGHAZI (Libya)- Notables and local personalities in eastern Libya welcomed the efforts made by Algeria to bridge views and the positions of the different Libyan parties with a view to reaching a political solution to the crisis in the country, while affirming their readiness to participate  in the  process of the inter-Libyan inclusive dialogue and the national reconciliation in the service of the preservation of Libya’s unity and stability.

During a meeting held Wednesday with Minister for Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League  Abdelkader Messahel in Benghazi (East of Libya), several notables welcomed the support and the efforts made by "Algeria, neighbor and brother country” to reconcile the Libyans’ positions so to reach lasting political solution through inclusive dialogue and national reconciliation, so to preserve Libya’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and unity.

Hailing the interest and the support provided by President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika to the process of peaceful settlement of Libya’s crisis, the Libyan notables voiced "their deep trust" in Algeria’s capacity to reconcile the protagonists’ views.

"We place our confidence in Algeria with which we are bound with fraternity and neighborhood links to support the efforts of the peaceful settlement, by bridging the positions without exclusion," Arhim Khaled, one of the notables of Adjdabia city said during a meeting marked "candid and clear debate."

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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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ALGIERS-An authorized diplomatic source stressed Monday in a statement to APS that "the alleged information relayed by press on a request made by Algeria for clarifications on the project on the partition of Libya, are unfounded."

In this regard, the same source stressed that "at no point Algeria requested information, as reported by the press, notably some newspapers that indulge in tendentious extrapolations, even reporting a request made by Algeria to the U.S. Department of State through diplomatic channels."

"At no point such information has been requested by Algeria. Besides, the US party has not referred to a Libya partition project," affirmed the source.

"In this connection, it is important to reiterate Algeria's constant stance in favour of a consensual political solution to the crisis in Libya, based on inclusive dialogue and national reconciliation without any foreign interference, which is the only alternative to preserve Libya's unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty, and the cohesion of its people," said the diplomatic source, which also affirmed that "Algeria, being equidistant, enjoys the confidence of all the Libyan parties."  

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DEAD SEA (Jordan)- Libya's Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord Fayez al-Sarraj on Wednesday hailed "all efforts, especially of Arab countries, for the resolution of Libyan crisis," including the initiatives of Algeria and Egypt, which culminated in the signing of the Declaration of Tunis.

In his address at the 28th Arab Summit in the Dead Sea region, Jordan, al-Sarraj said that "initiatives must be based on the political accord," adding that "it is high time to reach an Arab consensus on the Libyan crisis and move towards resolving the crisis, which has been shaking the country since 2011.

"I am not here as the head of a government of war between Libyans but of a government of national accord," said al-Sarraj.

The political process in Libya "has gone through several stages, starting from the political accord (sponsored by the United Nations) on the basis of which the government of Libya is assuming all its responsibilities and is committed to addressing security and economic challenges facing the Libyan state," he added.

He underlined that stability in Libya "entails security and stability in neighbouring countries and in the world," calling on the international community to focus its efforts on migration and terrorism and to fulfil its commitments.

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DEAD SEA (JORDAN)- Arab leaders unanimously underlined, Wednesday in Jordan, the need to support efforts aiming at restoring peace in Libya, unifying Libyan ranks and achieving national reconciliation.

During the 28th Arab Summit in Jordan's Dead Sea, Speaker of the Council of the Nation (Upper House of Parliament) Abdelkader Bensalah said that the Libyan crisis has witnessed serious developments "threatening the security and stability of the country."

"Algeria has spared no effort to promote the political solution, inclusive dialogue and national reconciliation between all Libyan parties, and to bridge the gaps in order to reach a genuine national consensus with a view to preserving the unity and sovereignty of Libya and its social cohesion, without any foreign interference, in line with the United Nations initiative and in accordance with the Security Council's resolution 2259," said Bensalah, who is representing President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika at the Summit.

"Algeria has hosted several discussions and meetings with all Libyan stakeholders, including politicians, MPs, political leaders and military officials, to encourage them to find a political solution that would preserve the unity of the country and protect it from terrorism," said Bensalah.

In this regard, he announced that "Algeria will host the 11th meeting of Libya's neighbouring countries in April."

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DEAD SEA (Jordan)- Speaker of the Council of the Nation (Upper House of Parliament) Abdelkader Bensalah has reaffirmed, Wednesday in Jordan's Dead Sea, Algeria's support to the Palestinian cause and called for political solution to the crises in Libya, Syria and Yemen.

"The fast pace of events and the serious changes that have shaken the Arab region should not make us forget the suffering of the Palestinian people, who seek to recover their dignity and legitimate rights," said Bensalah in his address at the 28th Arab Summit, as representative of President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Bensalah reiterated "Algeria's unfailing and continuous support to the Palestinian people to help them recover their legitimate rights, especially the establishment of an independent State within 1967 borders, with Al Quds as its capital."

"In order to achieve this objective, the Palestinians should close ranks through national reconciliation, the only means to recover their legitimate rights," he stressed.

As regards the crisis in Libya, Bensalah said "Algeria has spared no effort in supporting the political settlement process and promoting inclusive dialogue and national reconciliation between all Libyan parties (...) with a view to preserving the unity and sovereignty of Libya as well as social cohesion, without any foreign interference, in accordance with the UN initiative and the Security Council's resolution 2259."

In this regard, he recalled that Algeria "has hosted several discussions and meetings with all Libyan stakeholders, including politicians, political leaders, MPs, and military officials to encourage them to find a political solution that would preserve the unity of the country and protect it from terrorism."

"Algeria will host the 11th meeting of Libya's neighbouring countries in April," he added.

As regards Syria, Bensalah said "we are convinced that respecting the will of Syrian people is the only means to end the crisis," underlining the need for "an inter-Syrian dialogue to find a consensual solution, with a view to preserving the territorial integrity, security, stability and sovereignty of Syria, and putting an end to the bloodshed of the Syrian people."

As for the situation in Yemen, Bensalah reiterated Algeria's call on Yemenite parties to stop hostilities and war, and engage in dialogue to reach a political consensus that would ensure the unity, sovereignty and stability of Yemen and meet the aspirations of the Yemenite people.

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DEAD SEA (JORDAN)-Minister of Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel held talks Monday with the Special Representative of US President Donald Trump for international negotiations Jason Greenblatt on the sidelines of the preparatory meetings of the 28th Arab Summit to take place Wednesday in Jordan.  

The meeting focused on "the peace process in the Middle East and efforts for the settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

Greenblatt recalled "the new US Administration's willingness to tirelessly work for a viable solution to this conflict."  

For his part, Messahel stressed "the need for respect of the rights of people in the region in accordance with international law."

Besides, Messahel recalled Algeria's experience in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, and reaffirmed the stance of Algeria vis-à-vis the situation in
Syria and Libya.

 

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ALGIERS- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel and Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui reaffirmed, Sunday in Algiers, the commitment of their two countries to finding a political and consensual solution to the crisis in Libya, stressing the need to promote the inter-Libyan dialogue.

During a joint press conference following the 19th session of the Algerian-Tunisian Monitoring Committee, the two ministers deplored the recent clashes in the region of the Oil Crescent region, adding "this would not help to resolve the crisis in Libya."

"We are for dialogue and against the use of weapons," said Messahel, adding that Algeria was in constant contact with all parties in that country, until the launch of a genuine and inclusive inter-Libyan dialogue for the resolution of the crisis.

The minister underlined the role of the UN in the settlement of the crisis and the need for Libyans to abide by the political accord signed on 17 December 2015.

As regards the meeting of Libya's neighbouring countries, scheduled for early April in Algiers, to examine the Libyan crisis and the threats facing the States of the region, Messahel stressed the key role of those countries in the coordination of efforts and the exchange of information.

The forthcoming meeting will be attended by Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Chad, Sudan and Niger.

For his part, the Tunisian Foreign minister said that the solution to the Libyan crisis "must be consensual and not military," recalling the responsibility of the UN and the Security Council.

He added that the visit of Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi to Algeria in December 2016 and his discussions with President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika were an opportunity to examine the situation in Libya.

This visit showed the interest attached by the leaders of the two countries, along with Egypt, to find a political solution to the crisis in Libya.

During the works of the 19th session of the Algerian-Tunisian Monitoring Committee, the two sides also discussed the situation in the Sahel, and underlined the efforts of the two countries for the restoration of stability in the region.

The 21st session of the Algerian-Tunisian High Joint Commission, to be held in Tunis on 9 March, will be co-chaired by Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and his Tunisian counterpart Youssef Chahed.

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ALGIERS- The next meeting of Libya's neighbouring countries would be held in Algiers by the end of March, announced Wednesday Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel.

"The next meeting of Libya's neighbouring countries will take place in Algeria by the end of March," Messahel told the National Radio.

The minister said that the involved parties are waiting that the "United Nations Secretary General appoints his new special representative for Libya or maintains his current envoy, Martin Kobler, to hold this meeting."

Messahel underlined that Algeria "enjoys credibility among all Libyan parties for two main reasons: the first one is related to its position of equidistance from the different parties to the conflict, while the second lies on its principle of non-interference in internal affairs of other countries."

In this respect, he recalled that "Algeria has no special interests in Libya and has never interfered in the affairs of other States."

The minister said "the solution has to come from Libyans. It must be based on direct dialogue between Libyans," adding "Libyans can find a solution to the crisis provided that there are no interferences in their affairs."

In this regard, he emphasized the key role of the UN in the process for political resolution of the Libyan crisis, recalling the UN resolution 2259, which defines the role of each parties concerned and is in favour of a political solution and the principle of non-interference.

As regards the situation in Mali, the minister stressed the need for the State to redeploy in the northern region of the country.

"The most difficult step was the installation of interim authorities in those regions. Now that it has been done in Kidal, I think that the rest would be easier," said Messahel.

As for the regional integration, the minister underlined that "Morocco is Algeria's large trading partner in the region," adding "the opening of border between the two countries is not on the agenda."

With regard to the crisis in Syria, Messahel said that there was no other option than dialogue between Syrians.

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ALGIERS- The first vice president of the Presidential Council of Libya's Government of National Accord, Ahmed Omar Maitiq, welcomed Tuesday Algeria's efforts aimed at to "strengthening mutual trust among all Libyan parties." 

In a press briefing following the audience granted to him by Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel, the Libyan official greeted "Algeria's huge efforts to strengthen trust among the different Libyan parties," stressing that those efforts have been "praised by the Presidential Council and the entire Libyan people."

President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika has "always called for working for reconciliation among the Libyans and has been making efforts to bring views closer," he said.

"All of the parties are aware that the political agreement is the foundation stone that all the efforts should make stronger."

After he underlined the "improvement" of the situation in Libya, Omar Maitiq said the Presidential Council "makes significant efforts in this respect with the assistance of the neighbouring countries, including Algeria, which has played a role of paramount importance in terms of logistic support." 

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