APS : Tuesday, 17 May 2016
ALGIERS – Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel said that Monday Algeria and Algeria have “convergent views” concerning the help and support to provide to the Libyan Presidential Council as the only representative of Libya.
“There is convergence of views between the Algerian and US Presidents (Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Barack Obama) about the help and the support to provide to the Libyan Presidential Council as the only representative of Libya,” Messahel told the national radio following his meeting in Vienna with Anne W. Patterson, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.
The two officials met on the sidelines of the second ministerial conference on Libya, chaired by US State Secretary John Kerry and Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Paolo Gentiloni.
Underlining that the Libyan Council needs help, Messahel said that “we all agree that any party working for Libyan stability must participate in the dialogue.”
Patterson said that the “Algerian government is ready to play an important role in the region, notably in terms of the training of the military force and the police (in Libya).”
She added that Algeria “has played a strategic role in Libya, African and in the Middle East.”
Moreover, Patterson affirmed that Algeria remains an “important partner” in the region, highlighting its role in the settlement of several crises and the support to the peace processes.