ALGIERS- Participants in the ministerial meeting of Libya’s neighboring countries, stressed, Monday, in Algiers, the importance of expediting the development of a legal framework, in preparation for the general elections scheduled in the country on December 24, and the expulsion of mercenaries and foreign forces from the country, as well as the unification of the military institution as priorities for resolving the Libyan crisis.
The participants stressed the importance of neighboring countries in advancing efforts to establish security and stability in Libya, in a manner that serves the interests of peoples of the region, and the departure of mercenaries and foreign forces, calling for a strategic partnership between these countries, on solid foundations to confront various challenges.
In his speech during the opening session, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad, Mr. Ramtane Lamamra, said that the meeting comes within the framework of the tireless and continuous efforts of neighboring countries to support the Libyan transitional authorities, in implementing all the benefits stipulated in the road map and holding the elections scheduled for December 24, 2021.″
Mr. Lamamra explained that “the path requires continuing efforts to complete the unification of the Libyan state institutions, achieve national reconciliation, as well as work to withdraw mercenaries and foreign forces as soon as possible.”
For his part, the United Nations Special Envoy to Libya, Jan Kubis, stressed during the opening of the meeting the importance of expediting the development of a legal framework, in preparation for the presidential and legislative elections scheduled in Libya next December, considering that the presence of foreign observers during the organization of the elections is necessary.
For her part, Libya’s Foreign Minister, Najla al-Manqoush, highlighted in her intervention that her country aspires to a democratic political role through free and fair elections, but this cannot and will not come, according to her, except by reaching the causes of stability, foremost of which is the establishment of security, to create an appropriate climate for peaceful democratic dialogue, comprehensive national reconciliation and building a unified state.
In his intervention, the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, called for working to overcome all obstacles that hinder the completion of the elections on time, noting that the reluctance to complete these benefits will lead to frustration of the Libyan people, who have placed great hopes on the political process.
Aboul Gheit considered that “the exit of mercenaries and foreign forces from Libyan territory is necessary for the success of the transition path from chaos to stability, and from the conflict of foreign forces on Libyan soil to maintaining Libya’s stability, preserving its territorial integrity, and ending the state of interference in its affairs.”
The African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security Issues, Bancole Adewe, reiterated the Continental Authority’s support for the efforts of the Libyan parties aimed at establishing security and stability in the country, calling for an end to any foreign interference in Libya for the interest of the Libyan people.
The consultative ministerial meeting of the neighboring countries of Libya witnessed strong participation at the highest level by countries and regional and international organizations, which indicates the great importance of the meeting on the one hand, and the importance of the Algerian role in resolving the Libyan crisis, with regional and international organizations on the other hand other.