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Algeria: The withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya must be orderly and secure

Algeria stressed that the issue of the withdrawal of foreign forces, foreign fighters and mercenaries from Libya should be carried out gradually, in an orderly and secure manner, under the auspices of the United Nations and in coordination with neighboring countries.


This came in the words of the special envoy of the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in charge of Maghreb affairs, Ammar Ballani, during his participation in the ministerial meeting of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, which began on Thursday, to discuss the impact of the withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya on the situation in the Sahel region and the entire African continent.


The Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated, in a statement today, Friday, that Blani renewed, during his speech, Algeria's absolute solidarity with the brotherly Libyan people and its full support for the efforts of the Libyan authorities to hold the presidential and parliamentary elections as scheduled on December 24.


The Algerian official also expressed his country's readiness to accompany "the Libyan brothers and enable them to benefit from its own experience in the field of national reconciliation, as the President of the Algerian Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, has repeatedly committed to."


In this regard, Blaney warned of the dangerous repercussions on the security and stability of neighboring countries, the coastal desert region and the African continent as a whole, in the event of an unplanned and uncontrolled transfer of mercenaries and weapons outside Libyan soil.


He also stressed, at the same time, the pivotal role of neighboring countries and the need to fully involve them in the talks and the processes that are launched in this regard.


For his part, Chadian Foreign Minister Sherif Mehmet Zein, whose country chairs the Peace and Security Council of the African Union for the month of September 2021, praised the pioneering role played by Algeria in the search for a peaceful solution to the Libyan crisis, welcoming the results of the high-level meeting of the countries neighboring Libya hosted in Algiers, On 30 and 31 August last, stressing the importance of embodying it in the field.


In turn, the Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the African Union, Bankul Adeweyi, praised the positive efforts made by Algeria, especially within the framework of the mechanism of the Libyan neighboring countries, to restore peace, security and stability in Libya.