Algeria Recognizes Marshall Hafter As General Commander Of Libyan Army

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icon-writer By: Abdeslem Sekia /English Version: Med.B

Algeria and the Libyan National Reconciliation Government have both announced their recognition of Major General Khalifa Hafter as the Supreme Commander of the Libyan Armed Forces.

They also confirmed that the recent visit of the Minister of African, Maghreb and Arab League Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, to a number of Libyan cities was arranged and coordinated in advance as Minister Messahel had been castigated by the defense committee in the eastern parliament of Tobruk.

"The agreement was signed with the appointment of Field Marshal Khalifa Hafter as Commander-in-chief of the Libyan army, which was proposed by the internationally-recognized House of Representatives.

In a joint press conference held yesterday at the International Conference Center in Zeralda, on the western coast of Algiers, together with his counterpart from the Libyan National Reconciliation Government Tahir Siyala and the UN special envoy to Libya Martin Kobler, on the sidelines of the 11th meeting of the Libyan Neighbor countries, Mr Messahel announced that Marshal Hafter was now duly confirmed as the Commander of the Libyan Army, in line with recommendations put forth to this effect by the Libyan House of Representatives based in Tobruk, east of the country. "

The same stance was expressed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the National Reconciliation Government. "Marshal Hafter is the Commander of the Libyan army," he said. "This issue is inseparable." 

Such recognition, especially from the Libyan interior minister himself, would help end the divisions between those who lead the Libyan Army, those who command the architecture of the Armed forces, and the top position now held by Marshal Hafter who is now leading what is known as the process of dignity military campaign.

As for the heavy criticism leveled against Mr Messahel, following his visit to the Libyan south early this week by the defense committee of the Tobruk-based parliament, the Algerian Minister replied: "The visit that I undertook was welcomed by all the Libyans, from the east, west and south. 

"I have seen different scenes from what is being reported in the media outlets. Yes, there are problems, but not with the intensity that is being talked about." 

Mr Messahel gave an example of a fixture with football teams from Tripoli and Benghazi to indicate that there is no "big crack" between residents of the east and west of the country. "

To confirm that there is no personal problem neither for him, nor for Algeria with the Libyans, whoever they are, he stressed that Algeria, in its endeavor to resolve the Libyan crisis, is not seeking "honor and glory" and that its sole aim is to foster and to achieve national reconciliation among the brotherly people of a same country. 

At the close of their meeting, the foreign ministers of Libya's neighboring countries praised Libya's "success in fighting terrorism and organized crime", reiterating their "categorical" rejection of the military solution to the crisis in Libya as well as any foreign military intervention that could negative repercussions on Libya, the neighboring countries and the entire region.

In their closing statement, which culminated in the 11th ministerial session of the neighboring countries of Libya held on Monday in Algiers, the ministers praised the "successes achieved by the Libyans in different regions of Libya in their war on the scourges of terrorism and organized crime, particularly in Benghazi, Sirte and other regions". 

They also underlined that the fight against terrorism in Libya must "take place at the request of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Reconciliation and in close coordination with the latter."

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