Foreign Affairs Minister Sabri Boukadoum reaffirmed Thursday in Algiers Algeria’s commitment to the need to encourage the Libyan parties at issue to peacefully resolve their crisis, stressing his rejection of any foreign interference in the neighboring country.
Speaking at the end of a consultative meeting of Libya’s neighbors in Algiers, Mr. Boukadoum stressed Algeria’s attachment to the need to encourage the Libyan parties to peacefully resolve their crisis, reaffirming its rejection of any foreign interference in the country.
“The Libyans are capable of overcoming their differences through dialogue and national reconciliation and reaching a political settlement that can bring the country out of its ongoing crisis,” the Algerian diplomacy chief said.
These statements came after the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, confirmed, on Wednesday, in a broad-based meeting in Algiers with newspaper and TV channel managers that he is optimistic about a resolution of the issue, stressing that there is almost unanimity among the various Libyan parties, as well as several countries, about the positive Algerian role in the crisis.
Mr. Tebboune had earlier announced at the Berlin conference devoted to the Libyan crisis that Algeria is ready to host an inter-Libyan dialogue to find a political way out of the current vexed crisis.
The national accord government in Tripoli announced its welcome of the Algerian dialogue offer, while the eastern authorities, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, have not as yet announced their position on the matter.
It should be noted that Algeria hosted on Thursday a meeting of foreign ministers of Libya’s neighboring countries with the participation of Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Chad and Niger.
The Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs also took part in the encounter (in view of the adverse fallout of the Libyan crisis on this neighboring country).
Organized at the initiative of Algeria, the meeting was part of its sustained efforts to bolster coordination and consultations between the neighboring countries of Libya and international actors in order to accompany the Libyans in the process of political settlement of the crisis now besetting their country.