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ALGIERS, Feb 17 — Algeria condemned “in the strongest possible terms the despicable” murder by ISIS organization Daech of Egyptian innocent citizens in Libya, recalling its “firm” position rejecting terrorism in all its forms and aspects, said a communiqué of the Foreign Ministry.
“In this painful circumstance, Algeria recalls its firm position and its constant rejection to terrorism in all its forms and names, and renews its call to the whole international community to combine the efforts to counter this scourge and put an end to the series of the despicable crimes which reflect the barbarism and the wantonness of the perpetrators,” the communique added.
“Algeria reaffirms its commitment to pursue the approaches with the neighboring countries and the international players to reaching political solution to the Libyan crisis, which guarantees the return to security and stability in this brother country and encourages the building of a State with the strong institutions able to take up the challenges, notably counterterrorism and all forms of extremism,” the communiqué added.
Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra declared that the terrorist attack on the Egyptian innocent nationals in Libya, “calls for more intense efforts to encourage Libyans to engage in dialogue.”
In a statement to the press after his meeting with Qatari Assistant Foreign Minister for International Cooperation Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, Lamamra said that the “dangerous developments occurred in Libya challenge us so to double efforts to bring Libyans to dialogue tables.”
Lamamra stressed the importance “of encouraging the Libyans to interact with the efforts made by both Algeria and UN to stop the cycle of violence and reaching a peaceful solution.”
In this regard, he recalled the position of Algeria which advocates dialogue, as part of the respect of Libya’s sovereignty and the reinforcement its institutions through national reconciliation.
Sheikh Mohamed Ben Abderrahmane Ben Jassem Al Thani reaffirmed his country’s support to Algeria’s efforts to resolve the crisis in Libya and Mali.
In a statement to the press after meeting Lamamra, the Qatari official said he discussed with Lamamra “certain political issues and reaffirmed the continued support of Qatar to Algeria.”
The meeting was an “opportunity to stress on Algeria’s efforts to find a solution to the Libyan and Malian crisis, and affirms Qatar’s support to these efforts,” he added.
The self-proclaimed terrorist organization IS had beheaded on Sunday, 21 Egyptian Christians. The victims were abducted late December to early January last in the Libyan city Sirte.