Neighbouring countries demand foreign forces withdrawal from Libyan territory
The meeting of foreign ministers of Libya’s neighboring countries ended with an agreement on the withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign forces from Libyan territory and the activation of the four-party agreement to secure common borders. The foreign ministers of Tunisia, Algeria, Niger, Chad, and Egypt also expressed support for the new “Libya Stability Initiative” proposed by the Government of National Unity led by Prime Minister Abdel Hamid Al-Dabaiba.
According to the final statement released in Algiers on Tuesday, 31 August, the parties agreed to intensify communication with all foreign parties to underline the certainty of a political solution as the only peaceful solution to the Libyan crisis. They also unanimously agreed on the reactivation of the two political and security subcommittees, chaired respectively by Egypt and Algeria, welcoming the proposal of the Arab Republic of Egypt to host the next meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Libya’s neighboring countries in date to be agreed later.
Ramtane Lamamra, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria and Najla Al-Mangoush, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the State of Libya, chaired the event. In addition, Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Sherif Mohamed Zein, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration, and Chadians Abroad of the Republic of Chad, Hassoumi Masoudou, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Niger, Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Sudan, Othman Al-Jarandi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tunisia participated the conference.
Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Jan Kubis, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General to Libya, Jean-Claude Gakosso, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Francophonie Congolese Abroad of the Republic of the Congo and Ambassador Bankul Adewe, African Union Commissioner for Political, Peace and Security Affairs also attended the meeting.
Libya’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Najla Al-Mangoush, yesterday informed the President of the Presidential Council, Mohamed Al-Manfi, on the meeting results.
The two also discussed the details of the “Libya Stability” initiative presented by Minister Al-Mangoush herself during her participation in the two days in Algiers. The presidential press office also indicated that the discussions focused on the conditions of diplomatic work abroad, the procedures carried out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to organize it, and the appointment of new ambassadors who will represent Libya at the diplomatic missions abroad.