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Egypt's Sisi and Algeria's Bouteflika stress importance of restoring stability in Libya

Ahram Online , Wednesday 2 Aug 2017
Egypt's Sisi and Algeria's Bouteflika
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met on Wednesday with Algeria's foreign minister Abdelkader Messahel, who conveyed a message from Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on the necessity of boosting brotherly relations between the two countries and organisation on issues of mutual interest.

During the meeting with Messahel, El-Sisi stressed the importance of continuing the ongoing organisation between Libya's neighbouring countries to restore stability and the national foundations of the North African country, according to the presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef.

Earlier on Wednesday, Egypt foreign minister Sameh Shoukry held a press conference with Messahel, where the two officials stressed that both countries both share the goal of achieving stability in Libya.

Shoukry said prior to the press conference that he and Messahel agreed on bolstering coordination on mediation talks hosted by Egypt and Algeria to ensure the stability of Libya.

The Egyptian foreign minister said that discussions also included the issue of combating terrorism and the importance of boosting cooperation at the intelligence level to ensure the safety of both nations.

Messahel said both countries support a political solution to the Libyan crisis. “Egypt and Algeria as neighboring countries are coordinating efforts to work towards this goal,” he said.

Shoukry said that the idea of a Libyan reconciliation conference was always on the table, adding that such a conference would only be held when Libyans reach an advanced point in the path to a political solution.

Egypt has been active in mediation efforts between various Libyan factions, hosting several meetings in Cairo to bridge their differences.

Messahel also said that discussions also included the importance of restructuring the Arab League system during a period where the Arab world is the site of the world’s biggest conflicts and has the greatest presence of terrorism.

“The Arab League should play a role in solving its own problems, and this can’t be accomplished without deep and radical reform,” he said.

According to the Algerian minister, the pair agreed on a high committee meeting between the two countries to be held before the end of the year in Algeria.

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