Algeria pledges its ‘Absolute Support’ for Libya

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The Algerian president, Abdelmadjid Tebboune its absolute support for Libya as the country struggles to resolve its problems from years of conflict.

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune stated this on Wednesday, as he hosted the head of Libya’s presidential council, Mohammad Younes Menfi.

Algeria is ready to help Libyans “in making the voice of their country heard” and “bringing aid and assistance to Libya… to resolve certain problems that have arisen,” Tebboune said following a meeting between the two men.

Meanwhile, Libya is struggling to emerge from decades of violence and political rivalries following its descent into chaos in the aftermath of the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that ousted dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

It currently has an interim government, under Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah and a presidential council headed by Menfi, which have promised to hold polls before the end of the year.

Tebboune reaffirmed Algeria’s position in favour of “holding elections that will confer more legitimacy” on the presidential council.

Algiers favours the organisation of a “simultaneous parliamentary and presidential election” in Libya, Tebboune said.

Menfi said he was “delighted” by Algerian support, according to Algeria’s official APS news agency.

The two leaders spoke about “security in southern Libya”, where their countries share a near-1,000 kilometre border, the Libyan leader said, according to APS.

“We hope to establish technical Algerian-Libyan cooperation alongside bilateral security cooperation,” Menfi was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, Algeria is seeking to play a more active role in Libya and the Sahel, and lately named Ramtane Lamamra, a highly experienced mediator, as foreign minister.