ALGIERS- Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum’s visit to Libya, on Wednesday, as part of his African trip, was an opportunity during which he reiterated Algeria’s position for a political settlement to the crisis in that neighboring country, through an inter-Libyan dialogue leading up to “the building of legitimate and unified institutions.”
The latest developments in the neighboring country, the prospects for the political settlement process facilitated by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, as well as bilateral relations between the two countries, were the focus of a series of meetings held by Mr. Boukadoum with Libyan officials during his one-day visit to Tripoli.
Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum said, on Thursday, that his meeting, on Wednesday, with the President of the Libyan High Council of State, Khaled Al-Mechri was an opportunity to highlight the importance of the political settlement of the crisis in Libya and to salute the efforts of Algeria for the establishment of stability in this country.
During his talks in Tripoli with a number of Libyan officials, including the President of the Presidential Council of the Libyan Government of National Unity (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, Mr. Boukadoum reiterated “Algeria’s constant and united position with the Libyan people since the beginning of the crisis, a position calling for the imperative to reach a political settlement, through a Libo-Libyan dialogue leading to the building of legitimate and united institutions through regular elections and transparent guaranteeing the unity of the Libyan people and their sovereignty over all of their territories “.
Mr Boukadoum had held talks with the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Hammouda Siala and a group of parliamentarians who are members of the Council.
He also spoke at length with his GNA counterpart, Mohamed Taher Siala. The two officials insisted on the need to respect the will of the Libyan people.
Libyan officials expressed, on this occasion, their “deep gratitude” to Algeria for its “solidary position rejecting all forms of foreign interference in Libyan internal affairs, as well as its continued support for efforts to establish peace and stability in Libya “.
The talks focused on the latest developments in Libya as well as the prospects for the political settlement process led by the UN mission in this country.
In this wake, the foreign minister had a telephone talks, on Thursday, with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, with whom he discussed a number of regional issues of common interest.
The two officials, also, affirmed their support for the coordination of the efforts of the international community in order to contribute to the development of the inter-Libyan dialogue, with the participation of the effective political forces in this country.
While in Libya, Boukdoum paid an inspection visit to the headquarters of the Algerian embassy in Tripoli, in anticipation of the resumption of its diplomatic activities in the coming days after a closure that lasted for seven years , due to the deterioration of the security situation in that country.
It should be noted that the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to Libya was part of an African tour.
In addition to Libya, the minister visited the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Africa, Lesotho, Angola and Kenya. These visits made it possible to discuss cooperation issues, bilateral and regional dossiers of common interest.