Libya’s Neighbours Meet in Algeria Amidst Rising Fears of Increasing Number of Syrian Militants – Al Marsad

A meeting of Libya’s neighboring countries was held in Algiers on Thursday to discuss the latest developments in Libya, the outputs of the Libya Summit which was convened in Berlin last Sunday, and ways of reaching a settlement for the Libyan issue.

[Libya, 24 January 2020] – The meeting explored the escalation as a result of Turkish President Erdogan’s announcement that he would begin Turkish troop deployments to Libya last Thursday, a move that the Arab League and the international community have opposed. The meeting brought together foreign ministers from Tunisia, Egypt and Chad, as well as diplomats from Sudan and Niger. Mali sent a representative while Morocco was absent from the talks.

The foreign ministers of the neighboring countries of Libya announced Thursday their support for the outputs of the Berlin conference on the Libyan crisis, stressing the need to support the political track and reject foreign armed intervention in Libya.

At a press conference after the conclusion of the meetings, Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum confirmed that the solution to the Libyan crisis must be Libyan without any external interventions, calling for the necessity of supporting dialogue under the auspices  of the African Union and the Arab League, according to the Russian news agency, Sputnik.

“International parties should allow the Libyans to take charge of the settlement process in their country, far from any foreign interference,” Sabri Boukadoum noted.

“The solution to the Libyan crisis must be Libyan—Libyan, with the support of the international community,” the Algerian Foreign Minister told journalists, affirming that the neighboring countries of Libya reject any foreign interference in Libya.

The Algerian first diplomat urged the Libyan parties to respect the truce and arms embargo, as well as resume the political process.

In the same context, the Chadian Foreign Minister Mahamat Zene Cherif said, “the Sahel is suffering from the Libyan crisis. Proliferation of arms in the region has facilitated the spread of terrorism.”

The neighbouring countries of Libya are directly affected by the spread of militias and armed groups in areas that are still under the control of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA). Tunisia which is located between Algeria and Libya is also concerned about a possible infiltration of Syrian terrorists who have been deployed in Tripoli by the Turkish regime to support the forces and armed groups aligned with the Government of National Accord (GNA).

Tunisian state television today broadcasted images of the mobilization of the Tunisian army units and various security and military detachments on the Tunisian border with Libya in anticipation of any risks, following warnings by various Tunisian political and security forces of the possibility of infiltration of Syrian terrorists across the border.

© Al Marsad English (2020)