PARIS, The unstable political and security situation in Libya is a major concern for Algeria, says Minister of Maghreb, African Union and Arab League Affairs Abdelkader Messahel.
In an interview with the monthly magazine, Arabies, he said: "The unstable political and security situation in neighbouring Libya (...) as well as the presence of terrorist groups, are a major concern for us (...)."
In this regard, he underlined that Algeria is working with all other neighbours of Libya, in coordination with the United Nations, to rapidly reach a political solution between the Libyan groups without any external interference or foreign intervention.
Messahel added that the absence of a "legitimate, strong and just" authority and institutions in Libya favoured the expansion of terrorist groups and their criminal activities.
He also stressed the urgent need for Libya to form a central government which would fight the terrorist groups on its territory.
The minister said that according to different sources, there are "a few dozens" of Algerian nationals present in the conflict areas, "most of them have dual nationality and left their countries of residence, or their native countries", he added.
In this regard, he explained that the Algerian security services had strengthened border surveillance, adding that Algeria was among the first countries to adopt a law that severely penalizes the involvement of its nationals in terrorist activities abroad.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK