Algeria’s FM voices on latest developments in Libya, Mali

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ALGIERS- The recommendations stemming from the meetings of the members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, on the forming of an executive authority and the holding of parliamentary and presidential elections, have been broached and underlined for a long time by President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune, said Minister of Foreign Affairs Sabri Boukadoum.

In a statement to Channel France 24, Mr. Boukadoum indicated that “the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune had emphasized, from the outset, on the need to resolve the issue of the legitimacy of leaders in Libya and hold a general elections, specifying that “ these are the same recommendations stemming from the meetings of the members of the Inter-Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (held in November in Geneva), resulting in an agreement to hold general elections, on December 24, 2021 “.

“In fact, the guidelines that the President of the Republic had long given to the Libyan parties were, indeed, adopted in the end,” added Mr. Boukadoum.

“A visit by members of the new executive authority to Libya is planned in Algeria,” Boukadoum said, recalling that he held phone talks with the Prime Minister of the Libyan Acting Executive Authority, Abdelhamid Dbeibah, the deputy -President of the Libyan Presidential Council, Moussa Al-Kouni and the President of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mohamed El-Menfi, with a view to a forthcoming visit to Algeria “.

As a reminder, the Libyan belligerents had succeeded, at the beginning of February in the framework of the Political Dialogue Forum held in Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations, in choosing a new Executive Authority (Government) which will be in charge of leading the country until the next elections.

Concerning the situation in Mali, Mr. Boukadoum affirmed that Algeria had initiated several steps to support the Malian people in the implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali, resulting from the Algiers process.

The follow-up committee for the implementation of the agreement recently met in Kidal (northern Mali), under the aegis of the Malian authorities, years after the signing by the Libyan parties of this document, he added, specifying that “this is a new step of extreme importance”, in the sense that it allows to boost the implementation of the clauses of the agreement.

“Algeria is following more closely the latest developments in Mali”, highlighted the Algerian foreign minister, adding that “its role consists, on the instructions of the President of the Republic, in restoring confidence between the signatory parties of the agreement, which is equally important for the security of Algeria.

It should be noted that the meeting of the Monitoring Committee for the implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali, resulting from the Algiers process, which was held for the first time in the city of Kidal, in northern Mali, was welcomed by all parties concerned, including the United Nations, which considered that this historic meeting constituted a “new beginning which contributed to the building of confidence” between the signatory parties to the agreement, able to advance the implementation of its clauses so as to restore peace in the north of the country.

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