Algeria President-AFRICOM Commander Discuss Libya and Regional Security

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On Wednesday, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune received the commander of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM), General Stephen Townsend, and discussed issues related to regional security and cooperation.

The two sides reviewed ceasefire efforts in Libya and ways to maintain stability in the region. They also discussed regional security concerns, including the ongoing tension in Libya and the crisis in Mali.

The parties also discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations, enhance regional stability, and the need to weaken the influence of armed organisations.

“We have a lot we can learn and share with each other. Strengthening this relationship is very important to us,” said General Townsend, adding that “Algeria is a committed partner in fighting terrorism.”

During the visit, the US delegation met with a number of Algerian officials, including the Algerian army chief of staff, Lieutenant General Said Chengriha and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sabri Boukadoum.

On 9 September, Sabri Boukadoum said his country has refused to supply Libya with arms to respect the UN’s arm embargo on the North African country.

Algeria exerts efforts to prevent the arrival of armed militias to and from Libya through its common border. President Tebboune has reiterated that the Libyan-Libyan political solution is the only way to get out of the Libyan crisis.