MESSAHEL RE-AFFIRMS ALGERIA’S APPROACH TO TACKLING THE CRISIS IN LIBYA

ALGIERS, --Algerian Minister of Maghreb, African Union (AU) and Arab League Affairs Abdelkader Messahel has re-affirmed the country's approach to the handling of the crisis in Libya, namely one which is one based on "a political solution, dialogue and national reconciliation".

In a media statement issued following his meeting with the visiting United Nations Secretary General's Special Representative for Libya and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler, here Thursday, Messahel said they focused on the situation in Libya and the forthcoming meetings, especially the meeting of Niamey (Niger), scheduled for Tuesday.

The discussions were also an opportunity to re-affirm "Algeria's approach to the resolution of the crisis in Libya based on a political solution, dialogue and national reconciliation", he added.

The minister said there were some signs that "give us grounds for optimism about the hope of all the parties with whom we are in contact to engage in national dialogue, an inter-Libyan dialogue and in Libya without any foreign interference".

"Libyan people can resolve their problems through a genuine dialogue without any foreign interference," he stressed.

In this regard, Messahel recalled the visit of the Chairman of the Libyan Presidential Council, Fayez al-Sarraj, to Algeria, during which he underlined the importance of the issue, adding that all other Libyan parties "support the idea of dialogue, because it is the only means to achieve national reconciliation and preserve the unity and the sovereignty of the Libyan people".

Messahel also underlined the importance of the 9th meeting of Libya's neighbours in Niger, which will address security issues and terrorism, in addition to illegal migration and organized crime.

Source: Nam News Network