Algerian MP Calls Bashagha’s Bluff: Algeria Will Not Be Part of Any Alliance with the GNA – Al Marsad

GNA’s Minister of Interior, Fathi Bashagha is hit with yet another embarrassment for his remarks at a press conference of a Libyan-Algerian-Tunisian-Turkish alliance. Abdul Wahhab Bin Zaeem, Algerian MP, member of the National Liberation Front, said on Thursday evening that Algeria will not be part of any alliance whatsoever with the Government of National Accord (GNA) and will not interfere militarily in Libya.

[Libya, 26 December 2019] – The Algerian reaction came at the backdrop of statements made on Thursday by GNA Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha during a press conference he held in the Tunisian capital. Bashagha claimed that a new alliance consisting of Turkey, Algeria and Tunisia was in the making to support militarily the GNA forces.

In reaction to Erdogan’s speech in Ankara, and Bashagha’s statements in Tunis yesterday, the Tunisian President Kais Saied confirmed that his country will not be part of any alliance or any alignment whatsoever. The Tunisian President’s denial of Turkish and GNA statements affirms a typical Tunisian neutral status towards the Libyan conflict, and simultaneously refutes these allegations. The same stance was reiterated also by Algeria. Officials of the two Arab Maghreb countries attacked these statements and considered them “a violation of the sovereignty of Libya.”

Parliamentarian Bin Zaeem confirmed that “the newly elected Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune pays great attention to the Libyan file,” adding that, “Algeria is interested in Libya’s stability and will have an effective role in the Libyan issue in terms of political dialogue.”

Denying the possibility of any military intervention of his country in the Libyan territories, Bin Zaeem added in a statement to Deutsche Presse Agentur, “President Abdelmadjid Tebboune will do everything in his power to invite our Libyan brothers for dialogue to overcome the crisis.”

“I do not think that my country will align against the brothers. Algeria will not interfere in the internal affairs of Libya, but it will always work at the level of political dialogue, and it will take a position to secure its borders, and this is an inherent right,” the Algerian MP told the German news agency.

On Thursday, the Tunisian Presidency denied what some local media reports claimed as a Tunisian joining of a regional alliance, dismissing them as “fabricated news and misleading information.”

The Tunisian Presidency said in a statement that “the false statements, interpretations and allegations that emerged since yesterday were either due to misunderstanding and misjudgment, or from the same sources carrying out defamation campaigns.”

“Any contrary position to this effect, issued from Tunisia or from abroad, is only obligatory for those who made the statements,” the Tunisian Presidency confirmed.

The statement stressed that Tunisian President Kais Saied is keen on preserving his country’s sovereignty, independence and political will, which cannot be subject to any bargaining or grandstanding rhetoric.

The statement categorically affirmed that “Tunisia has no intention of entering into any regional alliances, or align itself with any party at all.”

“These lies and smear campaigns can in no way divert the attention of the Tunisian people from their real problems, particularly the economic and social ones,” said the Tunisian Presidency.

It should be mentioned in this context that Al-Mayadeen Lebanese satellite television channel, anti-Damascus government Step News Agency, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported last Tuesday that Turkey asked the Syrian armed opposition factions to provide a list of 200 names of militants who desire to relocate to Libya to fight in support of the forces aligned with the Government of National Accord.

© Al Marsad English (2019)

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