Algerian MFA Denies Statements Attributed to its PM about Haftar by GNA’s Bashagha – Al Marsad

The Algerian Foreign Affairs Ministry categorically denied statements attributed to the Prime Minister of Algeria, Noureddine Bedoui about Libya and Field Marshal Haftar, which were made by GNA’s Minister of Interior Fathi Bashagha. 

[Libya, 10 July 2019] – The claims attributed, by some foreign and national media, to Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui regarding the crisis in Libya are “false and subversive,” according to the state news agency quoting on Tuesday a responsible source at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Algiers.

The Algerian denial comes in the wake of the Ministry of the Interior in the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (LNA) attributing a totally unfounded characterization of the situation in Libya. According to the Government of National Accord’s Minister of Interior Fathi Bashagha, the Algerian Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui allegedly said that “the retired general Khalifa Hafter does not represent anything comparable to the holiness and greatness of Libya and its importance regionally and internationally.”

The Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated, in a statement that was circulated widely via the official news agency as well as other state media channels, “Algeria’s firm stance and the principles that govern its foreign policy are based on respect for the sovereignty of states and non-interference in their internal affairs.”

The official statement confirmed Algeria’s respect for the territorial integrity of Libya, reiterating its keenness to restore stability to “this neighbouring country”, and asserted that “the Algerian people stand by their Libyan brothers.”

Notwithstanding the official position of the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the official page of the Tripoli-based GNA’s Interior Ministry on its official Facebook page continued to claim that the Algerian Prime Minister, Noureddine Bedoui said to Bashagha that African leaders criticised the current situation in Libya. According to the same GNA page, Noureddine Bedoui is alleged to have called on the United Nations to issue a statement on the current situation in Libya “as a result of the attempt to seize control of the capital Tripoli”.

A statement attributed by Bashagha to the media office of the Prime Minister of Algeria

Meanwhile, the francophone media agency, Algeria 24, close to Algerian official circles, published the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs strong statement that rejected as false Qatari Al Jazeera’s attribution of statements to Bedoui through Bashagha. Bashagha claimed to Al Jazeera that the Prime Minister Bedoui specifically referred to Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. The Algerian media platform dismissed the allegations made by Al Jazeera TV and the GNA Interior Minister as fake news, affirming the unequivocal stance of the North African country on not meddling in Libyan internal affairs. It categorically affirmed that the Algerian premier has never made such a statement.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Algeria stated that “Algeria, which has been calling for a comprehensive dialogue between all the Libyan parties away from any foreign intervention, remains convinced that a political solution negotiated and accepted by all parties to the conflict will ensure sustainable peace and stability and preserve the supreme interests of the brotherly people of Libya. Algeria, as a brotherly and neighbouring country of Libya, has always championed a single agenda for the success of the peace process in this country. Any settlement of the Libyan crisis can only come from the Libyan people themselves when they reach consensual and sustainable solutions that ensure Libya’s unity, sovereignty, the harmony of its people and the building of a state of law.”

In a tripartite meeting in Tunisia on 13 June , Algerian Foreign Minister, Sabri Boukadoum, stated that Algeria supports a political settlement in Libya. Boukadoum urged the parties to the conflict to demonstrate “the necessary flexibility and return to dialogue within the context of a comprehensive Libyan-Libyan dialogue”, reaffirming “there is no military solution to the Libyan crisis”.

It should be recalled that the Minister of Interior of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Fathi Bashagha, arrived in Algiers on Monday on an unscheduled working visit to Algeria and met with Noureddine Bedoui, the Algerian Prime Minister. The meeting was attended by the Algerian Minister of Interior and Local Communities and Urban Planning, Salaheddine Dahmoun and discussed ways to promote partnership between Algeria and Libya. “The political solution is better to overcome the crisis, and this can be achieved through activating dialogue between the parties in Libya,” Salaheddine Dahmoun wrote on his official Facebook page.

Observers of Bashagha’s recent visit to Algeria noticed a difference in language between the official Facebook page of the Interior Ministry of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the official Algerian news agency. The GNA’s Ministry of the Interior published that the two sides stressed the importance of activating security cooperation between Algeria and Libya, and moving forward in addressing terrorism threat, organized crime, and narcotics trade, valuing the stance of the people and government of Algeria in support of Libya.

The spread of fake news by the GNA’s Ministry of Interior did prove once again, however, the close relationship between the GNA and Islamist media organs funded by Qatar. The same fake news item promoted by Al Jazeera and the GNA was also uncritically published by other Islamist media networks such as Middle East Monitor and the Libya Observer to perpetuate anti-LNA rhetoric to sway public opinion.

© Al Marsad English. 2019.