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KHARTOUM, Dec 5 – Algerian Minister for Maghreb and African Affairs Abdelkader Messahel is in Khartoum to attend the 5th meeting of the foreign ministers of Libya’s neighbouring countries which got underway Thursday in the Sudanese capital.
the meeting examined ways to find a political solution to the crisis which is gripping Libya for more than three years following the ousting of former ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
Algeria plays an important role in the efforts aiming for the peaceful settlement of the Libyan crisis. The meeting is also being attended by the foreign ministers of Egypt, Niger, Tunisia, Sudan and Libya. Envoys of the Arab League and the African Union (AU) are also participating.
At the opening of the meeting, Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti said it was being held in an extremely complicated context in Libya and re-affirmed the need to combine all efforts to bring an end to the crisis in the country.
Moreover, he called for all countries in the group to work to bring the parties of the Libyan crisis to the negotiating table so as to put an end to bloodshed in this country.
The Sudanese minister hoped the Khartoum meeting would be able to open new horizons so as to defuse the Libyan crisis, stressing that the Libyan people wished for freedom and stability.
Also on Thursday, the International Contact Group for Libya was holding its inaugural meeting in Addis Ababa
under the chairmanship of the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smail Chergui.
A statement from the Algerian Foreign Affairs Ministry in Algiers said the meeting was attended by the Special Representative of United Nations Secretary-General for Libya, Bernardino Leon, the Special Envoy of the AU Commission Chairperson to Libya, Dileita Mohamed Dileita, and the foreign ministers of Libya, Niger and Chad as well as the representatives of neighbouring countries of Libya.
Representatives from Mauritania, Nigeria, South Africa, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, Spain, Italy, the Arab League, the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) and the European Union (EU) also participated in this meeting.
Algeria was represented by the Secretary General of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Abdelhamid Senouci Bereksi, who emphasized Algeria’s “tireless efforts” to back the Libyan parties in a political process of inclusive dialogue for a sustainable peace and a national reconciliation.
The participants expressed their “deep concern” about the situation in Libya.