Libyan crisis: Boukadoum says coordination with Italy is “very good”


ALGIERS- Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum on Thursday in Algiers said that coordination with Italy on the Libyan question was “very good.”

Following a meeting with Italian foreign minister Luigi Di Maio, Boukadoum said that coordination with Italy on the Libyan “sensitive question” is “very good.”
He also expressed the Algerian position in favour of a “political solution, the rejection of any military intervention and the respect of arms embargo.”
The Algerian top diplomat has also insisted on the launch of negotiations between all the Libyan parties in compliance with the “international law, with the support o the international community, notably the countries of the region.”
In this regard, the minister welcomed the Italian government’s “support” to the Algerian position and its role in resolving the crisis in Libya.

Boukadoum also welcomed the quality of the Algerian-Italian relations in all the fields, notably cooperation “in the sectors of energy and higher education.”
The Italian minister commended Algeria’s efforts to secure the borders with Libya, assessing that these efforts are welcomed by all the countries of the Mediterranean, allowing to stop the “terrorist infiltrations.”

Speaking about the visits to Brussels, Istanbul and Cairo, the Italian minister said that there is “agreement for ceasefire in Libya,” considering that his meeting with the Algerian minister a “historic” opportunity to work “together” with a view to resolving the Libyan crisis. “This is a common objective,” he said.

“It is high time to gather all the countries and the players around the negotiating table to find the solution allowing establishing peace in this region,” he added.

Di Maio expressed the wish to find ways to launch “joint” investments in the new technologies, stressing the need for increasing economic exchanges between the two countries, notably in tourism.
“Without stability, it is difficult to create new joint projects,” he concluded.

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