APS : Monday, 02 November 2015
Libya crisis: Algiers meeting is important, decisive, says Italian FM
ALGIERS- Italy’s minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Paolo Gentiloni, on Monday described Algiers’ tripartite meeting (Algeria, Egypt, Italy) on Libya as “important” and “decisive.”
“It’s an important and decisive meeting for Libya’s near future and stability,” Gentiloni told reporters following the tripartite meeting, chaired by Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel, in the presence of Egyptian foreign Minister Sameh Choukry.
While thanking Algeria for having hosted the meeting, the Italian Foreign minister praised the “convergence of views” between Algeria, Italy and Egypt.
Gentiloni stressed the efforts provided by those countries as part of their consultation meetings, and which stressed the necessity to favour a political solution leading to the formation of a national union government in Libya.
Algeria-Egypt-Italy tripartite meeting on Libya kicks off in Algiers
ALGIERS-The works of the tripartite ministerial meeting bringing together Algeria, Egypt and Italy began Monday in Algiers to discuss the situation in Libya as part of the consultations held between the three countries.
The meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs brings together Minister of Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel, Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shukri, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy Paolo Gentiloni.
The ministers will mainly discuss the situation in Libya and possible ways to accelerate and make successful the inter-Libyan dialogue led by the United Nations for the establishment of a government of broad national unity as part of the solution to the political crisis facing the country.
The three ministers will also, “assess the impact of political and security instability in that country on its neighbors and on the region in general.”
This third meeting comes as part of efforts to reach consensus between the Libyan parties.
Italy had hosted last April a ministerial tripartite meeting which was also attended Abdelkader Messahel, MM. Paolo Gentiloni and Sameh Shukri on the situation in the region and the fight against terrorism.
Egypt also hosted a meeting in the same framework. Algeria and Egypt maintain consultations as part of the group of countries neighboring Libya created in Algiers in 2014 at the initiative of Algeria, and involving Libya, Tunisia, Sudan, Chad and Niger.
The group works to find a political solution to the Libyan crisis through an inclusive dialogue.
Two commissions have been created by the group. The first chaired by Algeria is in charge of security issues while the second chaired by Egypt focuses on political issues.