Messahel reaffirms in Vienna Algeria’s support to Libyan Presidential Council’s efforts to restore security


APS : Monday, 16 May 2016

ALGIERS- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel has reaffirmed, Monday in Vienna, Algeria’s support to the efforts of Libya’s Presidential Council for the restoration of security and stability in Libya.
Messahel reiterated Algeria’s position at the ministerial conference on Libya, which is co-chaired by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a communiqué.
In this regard, Messahel underlined “the need for the international community to support these efforts to help the new authorities to address the political, economic and security challenges facing the country.”
The minister said “Algeria shares long border with Libya,” and expressed “readiness to building cooperation for the development of border regions, similar to that with Tunisia and Mali.”
As regards his recent visit to Tripoli, during which he met with the head and members of the Libyan Presidential Council, Messahel said that he had reopened the Algerian Embassy in Tripoli.
He also insisted on the need to preserve the sovereignty of Libya, its territorial integrity and the cohesion of its people.
Messahel urged the international community to join efforts to counter the spread of terrorism, organized crime and all forms of trafficking, which flourishes due to the absence and weakness of state institutions.
Endorsing the call of Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, present at the Conference, the minister underlined “Algeria’s readiness to support, within its means, the achievement of the measures he proposed.”
The conference has been also attended by United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative for Libya Martin
Kobler, Foreign ministers of about twenty countries, representatives of the Arab League, African Union and the European Union, in addition to the participation, for the first time of Libya’s neighbouring countries Chad, Niger and Sudan, thanks to the Algeria’s efforts.

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