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.
TUNIS-An international ministerial meeting on Libya will be held on 16 May in Vienna in the presence of “major regional and international players,” Italian FM Paolo Gentiloni announced Monday in Tunis.
“The meeting will be held in Vienna between the Foreign Affairs Ministers of major countries in the region, as well as key international players,” Gentiloni said during his visit to Tunis part of talks on illegal immigration, counterterrorism and the situation in Libya.
He stressed the need for “a joint effort to support stabilization process in Libya,” adding that he handed over an invitation to Tunisia on his behalf and that of the US Secretary of State John Kerry.
The international ministerial meeting on Libya will be held on 16 May, the Italian delegation told the press.
In late 2015, Italy hosted an extraordinary meeting on a political settlement of the Libyan crisis.
TRIPOLI-Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Martin Kobler announced Sunday the return of the United Nations mission to this country.
Kobler said at a conference in Tripoli that "the UN mission will stay in Tripoli five days a week," media reported
"The UN is back to Tripoli," he announced, adding "I no more visit Tripoli, I work there."
This return comes on the eve of the crutial vote of the Libyan parliament on the Government of National Accord (GNA) backed by the UN and the international community, which hope that the fight against the self-proclaimed terrorist group "Islamic State" (ISIS) will be reinforced.
Kobler stated that he will visit Tobrouk Monday, the city in which the Libyan Parliament is headquartered "to encourage all parties to grant confidence to the GNA."
The Parliament of Tobrouk, recognized by the international community, met Monday to decide whether it grants confidence or not to the new government and Premier Fayez al-Sarraj.
TRIPOLI-The Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya will take over its first ministries, a new step towards the establishment of its authority over this country, undermined since five years, Vice-Premier Ahmed Miatig announced.
Ministers of Social Affairs, Youth and Sports, Housing and Public Works will take office Monday "irrespective of the result of the confidence vote of the government of national accord to take place Monday," he stressed at a press conference.
The international community continues to support Libya's Government of National Accord and promised to help it establish its necessary authority to restore peace and stability in the country.
The GNA, led by Faiz al-Sarraj, receives since 30 March in Tripoli support of many countries, including France and Germany, which pledged to assist the new Libyan government in steering out Libya from chaos.
Germany and France FMs Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Jean-Marc Ayrault met Saturday in Tripoli with Faiz al-Sarraj in the naval base currently serving as its headquarters.
Both officials underscored "their governments' determination to support the GNA to restore security, fight against terrorism and offer public services to all Libyans," according to a joint communiqué.
TUNIS-Minister for Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel received Tuesday in Tunis the Special Envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations for Libya Martin Kobler.
The meeting focused on the situation in Libya and the need to speed up process of formation of a national unity government. Both parties also stressed the need that the national unity government takes office in Tripoli.
Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi received this morning the Foreign Ministers of Libya's neighbouring countries including Messahel.
ALGIERS-The International Conference on Libya, scheduled for Sunday in Rome, constitutes an opportunity to consolidate the consensus in favor of the urgency of a political solution in that country and the establishment of a government of national unity able to manage the transitional period.
The conference, in which will partake neighboring countries, including Algeria, is represents "an important appointment " part of the UN settlement process of the Libyan crisis and aims to strengthen the consensus in Libya and that of the international community in favor of the urgency of a political solution in the country, leading to the establishment of a national unity government capable of managing the transitional period.
The meeting also aims to meet the political, economic and security challenges, including the fight against terrorism and its ramifications of organized crime the country is facing. Political and institutional deadlock in the country mainly benefit the businessmen and terrorist groups.
In Rome, Minister for Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League, Abdelkader Messahel, will represent Algeria at the Conference on Libya, at the joint invitation of Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni and US Secretary of State John Kerry, who will co-chair the meeting.
Besides, the United Nations Security Council permanent members (P5), Italy, Spain, Germany, Egypt, Tunisia, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General to Libya, Martin Kobler, the European Union, and other countries in the region will participate in the Conference.
According to Gentiloni, this meeting is meant to establish a national consensus government in Libya, avoid the "total disintegration" of the country and stop the advance of the self-proclaimed Islamic state terrorist organization (IS/Daech).
ALGIERS-President of Sudan Omar Hassan al-Bashir Tuesday paid tribute to Algeria for its "positive" role for stability in Libya and Mali as well as in the Arab world.
In a statement to the press at the Houari Boumediene Airport, shortly before leaving Algiers, the Sudanese president said his talks with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal allowed broaching many regional and international issues and "the positive role of Algeria in favor of stability in Libya and Mali as well as in the Arab world."
Omar al-Bashir reported a joint action between Algeria and Sudan for the establishment of stability in Libya, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
Regarding the Palestinian issue, the Sudanese president reiterated that his country and Algeria the same opinion, adding that a joint Arab action was taken to support this just cause.
Besides, he called for international cooperation in the fight against terrorism, organized crime, drug trafficking and human trafficking in order to "strengthen respect for human rights."
"The increase of the terrorist and criminal groups' activities in Libya, Syria and Iraq represents a serious threat to security and stability in the region and in the world", the Sudanese Head of State stressed, adding that consolidating cooperation against this phenomena is more than necessary.
ALGIERS-Algeria condemned Sunday "in most vigorous terms" the recent terrorist acts in Sirte (Libya) which made several victims, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a statement.
"Algeria condemns in the most vigorous terms the recent terrorist acts in Sirte, which resulted in many victims. The worsening security situation there risks plunging this neighbouring and brotherly country into chaos and represents a real threat of security in the entire region," the same source said.
"Algeria, which has continued to work for the convergence of views between all Libyan parties to exclude terrorist groups recognized as such by the United Nations, reiterates its urgent call for the establishment of a national unity government in Libya capable of preserving national unity, Libya's territorial integrity and sovereignty and the cohesion of the brotherly Libyan people, to meet the security challenge," the ministry added.
"Algeria remains convinced that this consensual political solution is the only peaceful settlement of the conflict in Libya," said the same source.
"Algeria, which supports UN efforts, again encourages the Libyan brothers, who have the capacity, the political will and high sense of responsibility, to redouble their efforts to make successful the inter-Libyan negotiations process for the benefit of Libya, the brotherly Libyan people and the entire region," the statement stated.
ALGIERS-Algeria and Italy are "strongly committed" to finding a solution to the crisis that shaking Libya and hope a national unity government will be formed this country "as soon as possible", said Saturday in Algiers Italian Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Lapo Pistelli.
"We (Algeria and Italy) are very committed together to resolve the crisis in Libya. We support the UN special envoy for Libya Bernadio Leone's approach, and also work with other neighboring countries to form a national unity government," Pistelli told the press on the sidelines of the meeting of the Algerian-Italian monitoring committee of the High-level preparatory meeting on bilateral cooperation to be held 27 May in Rome.
While expressing his desire to see this government of national unity formed "as soon as possible," the Italian official said Italy and Algerian share the "same vision" on the analysis of the situation in the region.
For his part, Minister of Maghreb and African Affairs and International Cooperation Abdelkader Messahel noted the existence a "convergence of views" between Algeria and Italy on how to resolve the Libyan crisis "promptly".
"We will have to move quickly towards a government of national unity which can trigger the return of stability in the neighboring country," he said.
The Minister announced, in this context, the holding of the next meeting of Libya's neighboring countries in N'djamena on 5 June, to be followed by the tripartite meeting (Algeria-Egypt-Italy) on June 7 in Cairo.
Besides, Messahel said he also discussed with his guest the "ways and means" to support the UN Special Representative for Libya.
"It is clear that our two countries support United Nations efforts to find a political solution to the Libyan crisis," he stressed.
ALGIERS-Qatari Qatari Deputy foreign Minister for International cooperation, Sheikh Mohamed Ben Abderrahmane Ben Jassem Al Thani reaffirmed Monday in Algiers his country’s support to Algeria's efforts to resolve the crisis in Libya and Mali.
In a statement to the press after the audience granted to him by Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra, the Qatari official said he discussed with Lamamra "certain political issues and reaffirmed the continued support of Qatar to Algeria."
The meeting was an "opportunity to stress on Algeria's efforts to find a solution to the Libyan and Malian crisis, and affirms Qatar’s support to these efforts," he added.
ALGIERS – The International Crisis Group, (ICG) on Saturday praised, through its president, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Algeria's commitment for a peaceful solution to the crises in Mali and in Libya.
"It's very important for the ICG to meet with Foreign Minister (Ramtane Lamamra), with regard to the crucial role played by Algeria ... which is fully engaged" for a peaceful solution to the crises in Mali and in Libya," Guéhenno said following his meeting with Lamamra.
He has also paid tribute to Algeria as mediator seeking to settle the crisis in Mali and helping this country to affirm its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Jean-Marie Guéhenno said having discussed with the Algerian Foreign Minister about Algeria's approach concerning this question (Mali) and "how Algeria plans to bring its
expertise to resolve this conflict," adding that the talks also focussed on the situation in Libya.
ORAN- Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra, stressed Tuesday in Oran that the situation in Libya, a neighboring country plagued for years by an internal crisis, challenges all African countries for more than one reason.
"The situation in Libya is a source of deep concern and challenges us for many reasons," he said at the first day of the 2nd High-level seminar on peace and security in Africa.
Referring to the crises and conflicts in Africa, Lamamra stressed the dialogue between Libyans is the "only way to achieve national reconciliation," highlighting the efforts of the UN and the action developed by the AU and the countries of the region on the initiative of Algeria, to help Libyans to engage in a dialogue process.
As for Mali, Lamamra stated the situation witnessed "encouraging developments", stressing that the process of negotiations in Algiers, whose 4th stage was held last November, is a "real opportunity that the Malian parties seized to reach a comprehensive peace agreement.
He said, moreover, that the Ebola virus that is crippling African countries, amplifies security constraints, peace and development in the continent.
"The epidemic of Ebola is a threat to African countries. It has social, economic and human impacts, amplifying the already heavy constraints on peace, security and development in Africa," regretted the minister.
He reiterated, in this regard, Algeria's solidarity and commitment towards the countries affected by the epidemic, noting that these countries are making efforts, often in difficult conditions.
WASHINGTON-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ramtane Lamamra, said Thursday in Washington that Libya and Mali are at the center of diplomatic action of Algeria which also contributes to the settlement of other international issues.
"Libya and Mali, immediate neighbors in Algeria, where as you know, terrorism and instability prevail, are the focus of our immediate diplomatic action, and we make sure our contribution to the settlement of other issues beyond our borders," Lamamra said shortly before the start of his talks with his American counterpart.
The minister said, in the same context, that Algeria "can be considered among the few countries that actually defeated terrorism."
"We paid a high price for it, but we enjoy today, a very reasonable level of security and peace in our country. We are an exporter of security and stability," Lamamra who added that Algeria is developing a "very good relations" with its neighbors.
As for bilateral relations, the Foreign Minister said the visit made by Kerry in last April to in Algeria, during which he was received by President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, was "fruitful" and opened many avenues for both countries to work closely together.
Also, Lamamra stated Algerian-American partnership is "promising" and "very effective." "It encompasses many areas. It is no longer limited to energy and offers many opportunities for American companies to come contribute to the development of Algeria."
In the political field, the two countries have developed strategic partnership that covers many areas, Lamamra added.
"We are working closely together. We share values and interests, and I think our consultations have always helped get things in a way that helps cure the blessings of a normal life for our people in our area and beyond our region."
For his part, Kerry expressed the gratitude of the United States to Algeria's efforts in the fight against terrorism in particular, reaffirming his country's readiness to continue to work in collaboration with the Algerian partner in this area.
After expressing his appreciation for his visit to Algeria, which allowed both parties to discuss "a number of regional issues," the US Secretary of State announced a next small meeting in New York that will bring together "key countries concerned by the situation in Libya."
"We all know that Libya is facing challenges. Algeria, as a neighbouring State to this country, is concerned about this situation as well as Egypt," he noted, adding that the entire region is "working very hard to help deal with this issue."
NAIROBI-Algeria plays a "key role” in preserving the unity of Libya, its sovereignty and territory, said Tuesday in Nairobi (Kenya) Libyan Foreign Minister, Mohammed Abdulaziz.
"We hail the Algerian people, its government and its president for the interest shown in Libya as part of the fraternal, historical and strategic relations linking the two countries," Libyan FM told reporters on the sidelines of the Summit the Council for Peace and Security of the African Union (AU) on strengthening the fight against terrorism.
Besides, he expressed the hope to see the recommendations made at the summit of the Peace and Security of the AU "concretely implemented on the ground in Libya, which is currently in a particular stage characterized by terrorism acts perpetrated by armed groups against the Libyan people."
"We expect a strong signal from the participants to support the Libyan legitimacy represented by the parliament and the interim government," he said.
ALGIERS - Additional phone phones have made available to Algerian nationals established in Libya and wishing to return to Algeria via Tunisia, said Monday the Foreign Ministry in a statement.
These are the following numbers:
- Embassy of Algeria in Tunis 00216.71.960.529
- Consulate General in Tunis 00216.71.908.618 / 00216.17.908.588
- Consulate of Algeria in Gafsa 0022.214.171.1246.
- Consulate of Algeria in Kef: 00126.96.36.199 / 00188.8.131.520 and 00184.108.40.206.
The Embassy of Algeria, General Consulate of Algeria in Tunis and the consulates of Algeria in Gafsa and Kef were instructed in order to mobilize all means to assist Algerian nationals residing in Libya and wishing to return home given the deteriorating security situation in that country, had previously said the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abdelaziz Benali Cherif.
HAMMAMET-Foreign minister, Ramtane Lamamra, called Sunday night in Hammamet for an approach for a Libyan approach to encourage parties to engage in a serious and comprehensive dialogue to overcome the political and security crisis in the country.
Speaking at the meeting of Foreign Ministers of Libya's neighbors States, Lamamra urged representatives of neighboring countries to define the contours of an approach to enable a dialogue between the Libyan parties to stop blood shedding between Libyans, ensure national consensus, strengthen state institutions and preserve its sovereignty and territorial integrity without any foreign interference.
For Lamamra, the difficult transition period Libya witnesses, currently requires the continuation of collective efforts to support the transition process for security and stability.
Moreover, Lamamra stressed that Libya's neighbours should work closely to find the most appropriate ways to allow the brotherly Libyan people to overcome this difficult situation and make decisions to strengthen the stability of this country and ensure the protection of its borders with neighboring States.
Regarding the deterioration of the political and security situation in Libya, Lamamra stressed support to provide to this country to help meet the challenges as well as security and economic policies.
The meeting also aims to help Libya to hold a national conference in which all the Libyan parties partake, so as to intensify coordination among countries in the region and strengthen their security against organized crime and weapons trafficking.