Algeria: Withdrawal of Foreign Forces from Libya will Guarantee Safety of Elections

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Algerian Foreign Minister, Ramtane Lamamra confirmed his support for the departure of all foreign forces from Libya, “not just mercenaries,” before the 24 December elections.

Lamamra said that the removal of these forces should not be random, but rather requires the preparation of an organized plan under international auspices. He explained that Algiers has consulted with the permanent members of the Security Council about the danger of the unorganized exit of these forces from Libya, and its impact on neighbouring countries.

In an interview with Sputnik, the FM indicated that the recent meeting of Libya’s neighbouring countries was a translation of the position announced by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, regarding efforts to resolve the crisis without interference. He added this meeting proved that Tunisia stood by the Libyan people to hold the elections, and ensure that they are held without foreign interference.

Last month, Libya’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Najla Al-Mangoush called on neighbouring countries to support and adopt the Libya Stability Initiative, and invited them to participate in an international conference that Libya will organise in late September.

During her speech at the foreign minister’s meeting of Libya’s neighbours in Algeria, Al-Mangoush explained that the initiative aims to be Libyan-led and internationally supported in order to allow the Libyan people to choose their own future.