ALGIERS, — Algeria’s Minister of Maghreb, African Union (AU) and Arab League Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, begins a working visit to Niger Monday, carrying with him message from President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to his Nigerien counterpart, President Mahamadou Issoufou.

During his visit, the minister will participate in the 9th session of a conference of Libya’s Neighbouring Countries to be held in Niamey on Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement here Sunday.

Messahel will also hold discussions with senior officials of Niger on bilateral co-operation as well as on issues of common interest, added the statement.

The 9th session of Libya’s Neighbouring Countries will bring together the Foreign Ministers of Niger, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Chad and Sudan, in addition to the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler, former Tanzanian president and African Union (AU) Special Envoy for Libya Jakawa Kikwete and Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abu El Gheit.

It will be an opportunity for the participants to examine the situation in Libya following the recent developments in that country and the national, regional and international efforts for the resolution of the crisis in Libya through a political process.

The participants will also assess the repercussions of the Libyan crisis on the security and stability of neighbouring countries, the statement added.

Source: Nam News Network

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