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Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Necessity to involve neighboring countries in order to settle the Libyan crisis

Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra, and his Libyan counterpart, Najla Al-Mangoush, stressed yesterday, Tuesday here in Algiers, during a press conference following the conclusion of the meeting of Libya’s neighboring countries, the need to involve those countries in the settlement of the crisis besetting this country.

The Libyan Minister of Foreign Affairs called on the neighboring countries to unite efforts to ensure stability in Libya and to allow the timely organization of the presidential and legislative elections scheduled for next December.

During her intervention, Mrs. Al-Mangoush addressed four axes in which neighboring countries can intervene, and according to her, those relate to border security, food security, education and economic development.

She added that “neighboring countries have been affected by what is happening in Libya.”

Meanwhile, the Libyan Minister of Foreign Affairs also stressed the need to launch a national reconciliation process.

In this regard, the head of Algerian diplomacy explained that “Libya can benefit from the Algerian experience” in terms of national reconciliation.

Mr. Lamamra confirmed that “all texts, especially the results of the Berlin conference (on settling the crisis in Libya) confirm that Libya can benefit from the Algerian experience” in this field.

On the other hand, the head of Algerian diplomacy indicated that “the withdrawal of mercenaries, terrorists and irregular forces is a fundamental issue on which the success of the presidential and legislative elections to be held next December will be based.”

He went on to say “The withdrawal of forces is not within the prerogatives of the Libyan government, but rather the responsibility of the international community”.

In the same regard, Mr. Lamamra stressed that “Libya is the first victim of these irregular elements, and there is a real danger that other neighboring countries will suffer if (the mercenaries) are not withdrawn in a transparent and orderly manner and under the supervision and responsibility of the international community.”

He expressed Algeria’s readiness “to be an active party in this path aimed at ensuring the withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign forces from Libyan soil.

For their part, the foreign ministers of the two countries stressed the importance of organizing the presidential and legislative elections within the specified deadlines, considering them a priority.

According to Najla Al-Mangoush, all arrangements are made to ensure that the elections are held on the specified date (December 24) while Ramtane Lamamra expressed Algeria’s readiness to make its experience available to the Libyans during the upcoming elections adding that “It is expected that Libya will accept and receive election observers,” and that Algeria is interested in having a presence (in the electoral process) by sending a group of observers.

It’s worth noting that during the audience granted to the delegations participating in the ministerial meeting of Libya’s neighboring countries, the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, expressed Algeria’s commitment to supporting Libya.

The President of the Republic stressed that “the neighboring countries are more interested in stability in this country than others because the instability of Libya will directly affect them,” adding that “We hope that Libya will regain its position among the Maghreb, African and Arab countries.”

The President of the Republic concluded by saying that “Libya has all the human and economic capabilities and geographical location, which are all factors that qualify it to be an effective state in the Mediterranean and in the Maghreb region.”

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