The Algerian Foreign Minister, Sabri Boukadoum, has expressed his country’s keenness on resolving the Libyan crisis through dialogue and maintaining the integrity of the country’s territory.
His remarks came in an interview with Anadolu Agency on the sidelines of a meeting with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio in Rome last week.
Boukadoum said Algeria expects a return of peace and stability as soon as possible to Libya with respect to the territorial integrity and legality as well as the free choices of the Libyans.
“This is what we expect and what we are working for.” The Algerian Foreign Minister explained, saying that Algeria maintains good relations with all Libyan sides and has an “an equal footing with all Libyans with respect to legality”.
He expressed his country’s support for the outcomes of the Berlin conference, adding that Algeria was also cooperating with neighboring countries, Tunisia and Egypt, to exchange views regarding Libya.
Turning to the UN, which has yet to name a special envoy for Libya following the resignation of Ghassan Salame, the Algerian minister said: “We’re insisting on the appointment of a special representative of the secretary general as soon as possible.”
Boukadoum stressed that essential points to resolve the Libyan crisis are ensuring “a ceasefire, enforcing embargo on weapons and moving forward with the dialogue,” adding that there cannot be a military solution in Libya.