Algerian president, Egyptian FM discuss Libyan crisis

Source: Xinhua| 2020-01-10 06:23:45|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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ALGIERS, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Thursday held talks with visiting Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri, which focused on resolving the Libyan crisis.

Shoukri handed over a letter from Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to Tebboune, expressing the "desire to boost the existing historical relations bounding Egypt and Algeria."

The letter urged "activating existing mechanisms meant to develop bilateral relations and upgrade them to the levels of the two peoples' aspiration," he added.

The two parties also referred to "the importance of coordination between the two countries to face common challenges," and agreed on the necessity to reach a political solution to end the long-term conflict in Libya.

Shoukri said that a political solution must "bring a comprehensive resolution to all pending issues in Libya."

The two sides agreed to work on rejecting any kind of foreign intervention in Libya.

Algeria has been witnessing intensive diplomatic activities this week, aiming at containing the Libyan crisis by preventing military escalation in the neighboring nation.

These diplomatic activities come at a time when Ankara has begun sending troops to Libya at the request of Libya's Government of National Accord to repel the eastern-based army led by Khalifa Haftar who declared war on Tripoli.

Algeria, which shares 1000-km-long border with Libya, fears the fallout of any potential "proxy war" in Libya between influential international powers.

Therefore, Algeria hopes to stop this dangerous scenario on its national security, as it has deployed thousands of its troops to the border with Libya.

Libya has been locked in a civil war since the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Several armed militias of different backgrounds emerged, and have been fighting each other to take power, although a peace deal was signed by the warring parties on Dec. 17, 2015 in the Moroccan city of Skhirat.