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28/03/2017 13:04

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MOSCOW-Inclusive inter-Libyan talks, far from any foreign interference, are likely to favour a political solution to the conflict in Libya as advocated by neighbouring countries, Tunisia's ambassador to Russia Mohamed Ali Chihi stressed Friday in Moscow.  

"A solution to the Libyan conflict can only come from Libyan themselves through inclusive dialogue favouring a political settlement," Tunisia's ambassador stressed in a press conference, saying neighbouring countries Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt have already initiated a common approach to contribute to the return of peace and stability in this country.      

The interministerial meeting (Algeria-Tunisia-Egypt) held in last February were crowned by the signing of the "Tunis Statement," that supports an inclusive political solution in Libya and rejects a military solution.  

The statement considers that the three states must rapidly act to help Libyans overcome the crisis and open new prospects to political solution through inter-Libyan dialogue under the aegis of the United Nations to reach consensual amendments to the political agreement likely to ensure its implementation in the set deadline.   

According to the Tunisian diplomat, the Tunis Statement advocates a solution "that takes into consideration the Libyan agreement and rejects any attempt to divide Libya."

"We hope our approach will be successful and will put an end to the brotherly Libyans' suffering," said Ali Chihi, stressing that this initiative must be further honed in the upcoming ministerial meetings between officials of the three countries." 

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CAIRO-Minister of Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel said Algeria pursued its effort to find a solution to the crisis in Libya, highlighting Algeria's experience in national reconciliation.  

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 147th session of the Council of the Foreign Ministers of the Arab League, Messahel stressed "he was convinced peoples are able to surmount resentment to achieve peace and stability in their countries," stating Algeria "seeks with neighbouring states to bridge Libyan parties' views and encourage inclusive dialogue under the UN backed resolution process far from foreign interference."

The minister recalled Algeria "will host in next April the 11th meeting of Libya's neighbouring countries to try to find a political solution to the crisis through inclusive dialogue and national reconciliation."

UN must assume its responsibilities in the implementation of the relevant resolution of the Council of Security, particularly the resolution N°2259, to preserve Libya's unity, sovereignty and stability and the cohesion of its people, he said.

Besides, Messahel advocated "deep and comprehensive" reform of the Arab League to address shortcomings and adapt to the changes and requirements resulting from such reform.  

"The deep crisis witnessed by the Arab region prove the Arab League is unable to settle conflicts and manage unprecedented crisis in the region, which is threatened by foreign interference," affirmed Messahel.

This situation "has negatively impacted the performance of the Arab League, which resulted in a decrease of its role and influence in international forums and decision-making circles.   

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BRUSSELS – The European Union "clearly" endorsed Algeria’s approach to encourage a "Libyan solution" to the crisis in the country, Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra said Wednesday in Brussels.

The EU diplomacy chief "Federica Mogherini has clearly said that she as well as the European Union (EU) supported the Algerian approach and the crucial role of the neighboring countries" in the settlement of the Libyan crisis, he said following his meeting with Mogherini at the headquarters of the European External Action Service (EEAS).

The EU’s position regarding the Algerian diplomatic action for the resolution of the Libyan crisis "encourages us to make further efforts to bring the Libyan protagonists to constantly work together to reach a Libyan agreement and solution and that the international community can support," he added.

During the “substantive” talks, Lamamra and Mogherini had "deeply" examined the situation of Sahel region and the peace in Mali since the EU has participated the mediation team and the talks having led to the signing of Peace Agreement, which resulted from Algiers process.

Speaking about the cooperation between the EU and the African Union (AU), the foreign minister said that the two sides are "convinced that the prospects will be promising."

 He added that "Mogherini pledged to comply with what has been agreed under Africa-Europe strategic partnership" in the areas of security, the fight against terrorism and migration as well.

 

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CAIRO- The meeting, which brought together several Libyan leaders, including Prime Minister of the Libyan Government of National Accord Fayez al-Sarraj and Field Marchal Khalifa Haftar, culminated Tuesday, in Cairo, in an agreement to work for the holding of the presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya in February 2018, said a communiqué issued in Cairo following this meeting.

The participants in the meeting, to which the speaker of the Libyan Parliament Akila Salah took part, decided to create a joint commission made up of 15 individuals at the most, selected among the members of the parliament and the High Council of State, to find solutions to unresolved issues and reach a consensual draft to be submitted to the Libyan Parliament for adoption, in accordance with the political agreement signed in December 2015, under the aegis of the United Nations.

The Libyan leaders reached, following a series of meetings held in several neighbouring countries, including Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia, an agreement enshrining several “undeniable and unchanging” national principles, including the preservation of Libya’s unity and its territorial integrity,” as well as the current requirements involving the establishment of a strong State with solid institutions, united people and operational army.

The participants condemned “any form of foreign interference in the domestic affairs of Libya and the shedding of the Libyan blood, while committing to establishing a civil, democratic and modern State, based on the principle of the peaceful change in power, understanding and the acceptance of others, in addition to the rejection of any form of marginalization and exclusion, the strengthening of the national reconciliation and the fight against terrorism and extremism.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ALGIERS- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel underlined Monday the fundamentals of the approach and action of the Algerian diplomacy to bridge the viewpoints of the Libyan parties and to promote the political solution in Libya, far from any external interference.

In his reply to a question on “Algeria’s efforts to help the Libyan parties to find a solution to the multi-faceted crisis in their country,” Messahel broached “the action of the Algerian diplomacy which consists in bridging the viewpoints of the Libyan parties and promoting the political solution without any foreign interference, through the inclusive dialogue, national reconciliation likely to preserve the sovereignty, the territorial integrity, the unity of this country and cohesion of its people, far from any  political and ideological consideration.”

“The directive lines of this approach were steadily defended by the Libyan delegations made up of political officials, military leaders, parliamentarians, notables and representatives of the civil society and also by the different international partners with whom Algeria works to favour a final political solution to the crisis in Libya,” said the minister.

Messahel renewed the call to all the Libyan parties “to overcome their disagreements, place the interest of their country above any consideration to allow the brotherly Libyan people to restore peace, stability and security.”

 

 

 

 

 

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ALGIERS- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel reiterated Sunday, in Algiers, Algeria’s “consistent position” in favour of the political process initiated by the United Nations for a final settlement of the Libyan crisis, said the ministry of Foreign Affairs in a communiqué.

At the end of a meeting with a large Libyan delegation representing the region of Zentan, Messahel reiterated Algeria’s consistent position regarding the crisis in Libya.

In addition, this position “is based on the  equidistance vis-à-vis all the Libyan parties, the support to the political process initiated by the United Nations for the final settlement of the conflict through a national dialogue extended to all the Libyan stakeholders, the respect of Libya’s sovereignty and the non-interference in its internal affairs.”

The meeting particularly focused on the prospects “to give an impetus to the consensual and lasting political solution to the crisis in Libya able to preserve the country’s unity and territorial integrity and the cohesion of its people, and to strengthen the process of the inter-Libyan inclusive dialogue for national reconciliation,” added the statement.

On this occasion, the members of the Zentan delegation gave a presentation on the situation in Libya and the ways to resolve the crisis in the country, underlined the communiqué.

The members of the delegation also hailed Algeria’s “tireless efforts” to support the implementation of the political solution within the framework of the Libyan political agreement signed in December 2015.”

This visit is part of the meetings with the Libyan parties, personalities and political leaders in the wake of the recent developments of the situation in Libya “as part of the efforts made by Algeria to bring the Libyan parties’ points of view closer,” added the statement.

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ADDIS ABABA- The Summit of the African Union High-Level Committee on Libya which took place Friday, in Brazzaville (Congo), was “very positive for the efforts made to resolve the Libyan crisis,” said Sunday, in Addis Ababa, Libyan Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Taher Siala.

“The meeting of Brazzaville was very positive and culminated in important points,” Siala told APS, welcoming the “decision” of the players involved in the efforts “to go to Libya to meet with the different parties” to reach a solution to the crisis.

Siala made a statement on the eve of the African Union Summit, to be held on 30-31 January 2017 in Addis Ababa.

In this regard, Siala reaffirmed the willingness of the Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya Fayez al-Sarraj to make further efforts and work with all the parties to reach an agreement to end the crisis.

He also underlined Algeria’s “key role” to find a solution, by holding several meetings of the inter-Libyan dialogue.

Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, who represented President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika in the Summit of the African Union High-Level Committee in Brazzaville, called on the African Union to “get more involved,” alongside the United Nations, in getting the Libyan parties and international community to support the political process in this country.

He underlined that Algeria had made big efforts for the settlement of the crisis in this country and contributed to the conclusion of the Libyan political agreement.

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BRAZZAVILLE – Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal on Friday in Brazzaville held talks with Congolese President Denis Sassou N'Guesso.

The meeting, which followed the Summit of the AU High Level Committee on Libya focused the strengthening of the bilateral relations, the coming milestones to be experienced by both countries, the questions included in the forthcoming AU Summit’s agenda as well as the situation en Libya.

The Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal has transmitted a message of friendship and esteem of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to Denis Sassou N’Guesso.

He assured him of his full willingness to reinforce the bilateral relations between the two countries.

President Denis Sassou N’Guesso had thanked President Abdelaziz Bouteflika for his greetings and requested from Abdelmalek Sellal to convey a message of friendship to his Algerian counterpart and brother.

The Congolese president said he was looking forward to visiting Algeria to meet with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and discuss the deepening of the bilateral cooperation, the situation in Africa and the efforts undertaken to solve the crises in the continent.    

Regarding the coming African Union Summit, it was agreed to pursue consultation and combine the efforts to enable the continental organization to fully play its role in the political and development-related fields.

Furthermore, Abdelmalek Sellal outlined Algeria’s position for a political solution to the Libyan crisis, through an inclusive dialogue among the Libyan  parties without the foreign interference, in order to privilege the national reconciliation.

He made a point of emphasizing the Algerian efforts to reconcile the Libyan parties and mentioned the recent visits of Libyan players to our country.

The Congolese Head of State, who chaired the AU High Level Committee on Libya, expressed his appreciation and that of the Committee for Algeria’s important role in the rapprochement of the Libyan parties’ positions. 

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BRAZZAVILLE- Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal called on Friday, in Brazzaville (Republic of Congo), the African Union (AU) to “get more involved,” alongside the United Nations, in getting the Libyan parties and the international community to support the political process in this country.

“AU, which spared no effort in 2011 to save this brotherly and neighbouring country (Libya) the throes of military intervention in consultations with the neighbouring countries, must get more involved, alongside the United Nations, in getting the Libyan parties and international community to support the political process for the restoration of peace, stability and security in this country,” said Sellal in his speech at the Summit of African Union High-Level Committee on Libya, held in Brazzaville.

In this regard, Sellal who is representing President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika in this summit, said that the neighbouring countries, whose next meeting, the 11th of its kind, will be held in Algiers, are committed to continuing their efforts to help settling the crisis in Libya and accompany the Libyan parties to reach consensual solutions for a lasting peace and stability in Libya.

“Our meeting takes place at a time when the crisis settlement process in Libya is facing difficulties and deadlocks. It offers the opportunity to assess together the ongoing efforts for the return of peace, security and stability in Libya,” added Sellal.

Sellal said that since the outbreak of this crisis, Algeria “has made a lot of efforts for its settlement and had significantly contributed to the conclusion of the Libyan political agreement in a decisive way by holding several meetings of political parties and Libyan activists.”

He also pointed out that Algeria “has encouraged the rapprochement of the Libyan parties and privileged dialogue and reconciliation, the only guarantors of a lasting peace in this country.”

 

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BRAZAVILLE – African Union High Level Committee on Libya will meet Friday in Brazzaville, in the Republic of Congo, with the participation of its five members in addition to the heads of state and governments of Libya's neighbouring countries, including Algeria.

Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, who will represent President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika at the meeting, will be accompanied by Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel.

The meeting will also bring together AU and European Union envoys for Libya.

The AU High Level Committee will examine the situation in Libya and means to reach a rapid and consensual solution to the conflict.

The Committee is made up of five countries, namely Mauritania, Niger, Congo, Ethiopia and South Africa and has been expanded, at Algeria's request, to include Libya's neighbouring countries.

In a statement to the press in Algiers few days ahead of the Summit, Messahel underlined the "urgent need for Libya to build strong institutions, especially an army and a government of national accord to combat terrorism and organized crime," adding that "Libyans have the capacity to rebuild their country."

In this regard, Messahel reiterated Algeria's position in favour of the resolution of the Libyan crisis with the respect for the sovereignty of Libya, the non-interference in its internal affairs and the inter-Libyan dialogue.

"Algeria enjoys the trust of the different Libyan parties," said Messahel.

"The political solution to the crisis should not be imposed but should come from Libyans themselves, through an inclusive inter-Libyan dialogue," he added.

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ALGIERS-Minister of Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel met Thursday in Brazzaville with the UN Secretary General’s special representative to Libya Martin Koble, announced the Foreign Affairs Ministry in a statement.

During this meeting, which comes at the eve of the meeting of the High level committee of the African Union on Libya, Kobler highlighted the "difficulties" faced in the implementation of the Libyan political agreement and "efforts" made to find "consensual" solutions, as part of dialogue between Libyan parties, said the source.  

In this he regard, Kobler hailed Algeria's "major contribution" to "bringing closer" positions between Libyans, and thanked Algerian authorities for their "support" to the current political process conducted to end the crisis in Libya.

For his part, Messahel assured to the UN official of "Algeria's efforts in the future to find a political solution, deepen the inter-Libyan inclusive dialogue, without any interference, and promote national reconciliation between Libyans," said the Ministry. 

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CAIRO- The 10th meeting of Libya’s neighbouring countries kicked off Saturday in Cairo (Egypt).

The meeting, which will be held with the participation of Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel, follows those previously held in Algiers, Tunis and Niger.

It will be devoted to “the examination of the latest developments of the situation in Libya and the exchange of views on all the forms of support that may be provided by the neighbouring countries to the efforts aimed at encouraging the Libyan parties to reach an agreement that can end the crisis in this brotherly and neighbouring country.”

The meeting is also meant to “support the efforts for the completion of the United Nations process for the settlement of the crisis as part of the political agreement signed on 17 December 2015.”

This meeting will be marked by the participation of Foreign Minister of Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Chad and Niger, in the presence of United Nations Special Representative  for Libya Martin Kobler, Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit, African Union Special Envoy to Libya Jakaya Kikwete and representatives of international organizations.

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ALGIERS-Members of the Libyan parliamentary delegation hailed Monday in Algiers "Algeria's active and permanent" role in favour of a political solution to the Libyan crisis part of the Agreement inked on 17 December 2015," the Council of the Nation (Upper House of Parliament) announced in a communiqué.

Head of the Parliamentary Group of the Upper House’s Presidential Tiers Group Hachemi Djiar received the Libyan parliamentary delegation on visit to Algeria, said the source.

"The meeting was an opportunity for Djiar to reaffirm Algeria's position regarding the Libyan crisis and recall the efforts Algeria tirelessly makes to end the crisis in Libya, without any interference in the internal affairs of this brotherly and neighbour country," added the source.

This meeting "is part of the visits and meetings held by many Libyan MPs including Speaker of the Libyan parliament Salah Akila," concluded the source. 

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ALGIERS-The members of the Libyan parliamentary delegation have hailed Monday the efforts made by Algeria to facilitate consultations between Libyan parties under the implementation of a political agreement and support to the UN-backed process.

The Chairman of the Committee on national defence of the Council of the Nation (Upper House) Mohamed Ben Taba received the Libyan delegation, announced Council in a communiqué.

Both parties broached the latest development in Libya and the "means to boost the process of the crisis resolution, particularly through inclusive dialogue and national reconciliation, in order to preserve stability, peace and security in this brotherly and neighbour country," added the communiqué.

Ben Taba recalled Algeria's approach for the settlement of the Libyan crisis and its efforts based on the principle of non-interference in countries' internal affairs, while promoting political solution and bringing closer the viewpoints of Libyan parties. 

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ALGIERS-The members of the Libyan parliamentary delegation have hailed Monday the efforts made by Algeria to facilitate consultations between Libyan parties under the implementation of a political agreement and support to the UN-backed process.

The Chairman of the Committee on national defence of the People's National Assembly (Lower House) Mohamed Chenouf received the Libyan delegation, announced the Assembly.

Both parties broached the latest development in Libya and the "means to boost the process of the crisis resolution, particularly through inclusive dialogue and national reconciliation, in order to preserve stability, peace and security in this brotherly and neighbour country," added the communiqué.

Chenouf recalled Algeria's approach for the settlement of the Libyan crisis and its efforts based on the principle of non-interference in countries' internal affairs, while promoting political solution and bringing closer the viewpoints of Libyan parties.

 

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ALGIERS- The latest developments of the situation in Libya were on the agenda of the talks held Monday, in Algiers, between Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel and a delegation of parliamentarians of Libya’s House of Representatives, said a communiqué of Foreign Affairs Ministry.

During this meeting, the two sides broached “ways that allow speeding up the implementation of the process of the resolution of the crisis in Libya, through the inclusive inter-Libyan dialogue and national reconciliation for the preservation of peace and security in this neighbouring country,” said the source.

In this regard, Messahel underlined Algeria’s vision and its efforts based on the “non-interference, political solution and the rapprochement between the positions of the Libyan parties.”

The members of the Libyan delegation welcomed “the important efforts made by Algeria to facilitate the inter-Libyan dialogue and the consultations between the Libyan parties, as part of the implementation of the political agreement and support of the process initiated by the United Nations,” concluded the source.

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ALGIERS- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel reaffirmed Saturday Algeria’s position for an “inclusive political dialogue” to reach a solution to the crisis in Libya as part of the Agreement signed in December 2015 under the aegis of the United Nations.

“We are for an inclusive political dialogue bringing together the real Libyan players who decide for the future of their country as part of the political Agreement signed on 17 December 2015 between the different Libyan parties,” Messahel told the press following his talks with the UN Secretary General’s special representative to Libya Martin Kobler.

Underlining having exchanged with Kobler views on the situation in Libya and discussed “the next phases” for a solution to this crisis, Messahel hoped that the year 2017 be that of “lasting return of peace and stability in this neighbouring country.”

The minister pointed out that the solution to the crisis is an issue which concerns, first of all, the Libyan themselves, stressing that Algeria “has always called for a frank and direct inter-Libyan dialogue, without any foreign interference and pressure on the different parties to the conflict.”

Messahel affirmed that Algeria “will continue to support the dialogue process resulting from the political Agreement signed under the aegis of the United Nations.”

 

 

 

        

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ALGIERS- A summit of the heads of State devoted to the Libyan crisis will be held on January 25 in Congo with the purpose of contributing to a resolution of the conflict in this country since 2011, announced Saturday in Algiers Congolese Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Claude Gakosso.

This summit, to be hosted by Congo which chairs the African Union high-level committee on Libya, will focus on the Libyan crisis and the solutions which will allow the resolution of this “African” conflict, said Gakosso following his discussions with Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra.

“We shouldn’t allow others dictate on us their solutions. It is up to us to imagine by all means a way out of this crisis which cannot continue,” affirmed Gakosso who called on the African countries to “take their responsibilities” vis-à-vis this issue.

In this regard, the Congolese Foreign Minister emphasized the need to go towards a “broader consensus involving all the Libyan factions to put an end to the chaotic situation in this country.”

“The discussions, which led to the formation of a government of national unity, are undeniably a step forward, but it remains inadequate and we see it on the ground. The country is deeply divided and the situation remains tragic with all the regrettable repercussions on the neighbouring countries,” he underlined, adding that “the Africans themselves must role up their sleeves to help this country to reach a solution.”

In this regard, the Congolese minister hailed the role played by Algeria in this process.

“Algeria is a key player in our continent and it worked for the self-determination of its peoples. It is also a major player within the African Union and thus we cannot imagine the march towards a solution to the Libyan crisis without Algeria’s opinion,” he said.

The two ministers seized the opportunity to broach the bilateral relations and review the different fields of cooperation between the two countries, based on “a common history and heritage.”

 

       

 

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ALGIERS-Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya and Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj said he was confident of "Algeria's perspicacity" in the management of the crisis that shakes his country and "the lifting of all barriers" impeding the implementation of the political solution in Libya.

"I am visiting Algeria at the invitation of Premier Abdelmalek Sellal. This visit is part of consultation visits between the two countries to lift all barriers impeding the implementation of the political Solution in Libya, and we remain confident of Algeria's efforts and perspicacity in the management of such a situation," stressed al-Sarraj following the talks he held with Minister for Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel.

Al-Sarraj, who recalled that Algeria received many Libyan officials part of these efforts, reiterated his appeal to all parties "to engage in dialogue to resolve our problems in own, without any foreign interference."  

"This goal can only be achieved if we put aside our current disagreements and try to open a new page to build our country and restore security and peace," he added.

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ALGIERS- Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra stressed Saturday that Libya must be able to become a “strong State” again to fully play its role in the region and to significantly contribute to the fight against terrorism.

“Libya must be able to become again a strong State to fully play its role in the region and within the frameworks to which we belong together, even in the context of the fight against terrorism,” said Lamamra in an interview granted to the international channel of the national radio, affirming that it is the “Libyan State, re-formed, strengthened with sustainable institutions, which will be able to significantly contribute to the fight against terrorism.”

Lamamra regretted the fact that “the international community wasn’t by the side of the new Libyan authorities to begin the rebuilding of the Libyan State and the establishment of strong institutions in all the political and security fields.”

“Thus what happens in Libya affects us a lot, and what happens in Libya is obviously, first and foremost, the responsibility of the Libyans and also the foreign interference which has complicated the situation considerably,” he said.

In this regard, the head of the Algerian diplomacy underlined that “Algeria’s position, supported by the African Union (AU), was to reach historic compromises between the Libyan themselves and to work on a democratic inclusive transition.”

 

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