ALGERIA SAYS LIBYAN CRISIS MUST BE RESOLVED THROUGH DIALOGUE, RECONCILIATION

NIAMEY, -- Algerian Minister of Maghreb, African Union (AU) and Arab League Affairs Abdelkader Messahel has stressed the importance of a meeting of Libya's neighbouring countries to be held here Wednesday, adding that the resolution of the crisis in Libya requires dialogue and national reconciliation, away from any foreign interference.

Speaking to the media after an audience with Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou here Tuesday, Messahel stressed the importance of Wednesday's meeting, in view of the current situation in the region.

He also underlined the convergence of views between Algeria and Niger, as well as with all other countries of the region, regarding the support for a political solution in Libya and dialogue and national reconciliation among Libyans, away from any foreign interference.

"Tomorrow's (Wednesday's) meeting will be an opportunity to re-affirm the position shared by all neighbouring countries on the crisis in Libya, and to reiterate support to Libya's Presidential Council," said Messahel.

"We have noticed a strong willingness among Libyans to achieve peace, security and stability, through their desire to achieve a national reconciliation, which will allow them overcome the crisis. It is our duty as neighbouring countries to support this willingness."

He added that resolution of the crisis in Libya required dialogue and national reconciliation.

Messahel also offered condolences to the people of Niger for the "barbaric" terrorist attack last week in the region of Tizali, in western Niger, and the attack on the prison at Koutou Kale.

He re-affirmed Algiers' support to Niger and expressed satisfaction at the achievements made by Niger's government in the fight against terrorism.

Messahel underlined the importance of joint action by Algeria and Niger, and with all neighbouring countries, to restore stability in the region.

During the audience, the president and Messahel discussed issues relating to security co-operation and co-ordination between the two countries, and means to implement the decisions made by Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his Nigerien counterpart during his recent visit to Algeria in January 2015.

In this regard, Messahel said that the forthcoming working visit by Niger's prime minister to Algiers would be an opportunity to assess the implementation of the decisions agreed on by the presidents of the two countries.

Source: Nam News Network