Algeria reviews security as Turkey readies Libya intervention

AFP , Friday 27 Dec 2019

FILE PHOTO: Algerian Prime Minister, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, is pictured at the National PeopleÕs Assembly (APN) in Algiers, Algeria June 20, 2017. REUTERS

Algeria's newly elected President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has chaired a rare meeting of the country's top security body to discuss contingency plans for a threatened Turkish military intervention in neighbouring Libya.

The High Security Council met on Thursday and "discussed the situation in the region, particularly on the borders with Libya and Mali", the president's office said in a statement.

"It decided on a battery of measures to boost the protection of our borders and national territoLibya, ry, and to revitalise Algeria's role on the international stage, particularly concerning these two issues."

The statement did not elaborate on the measures to be taken but said the council would meet again "periodically and whenever necessary".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday opened the way for direct military intervention in Libya, announcing a parliamentary vote in early January on sending troops to support the UN-recognised Tripoli government against the forces of strongman Khalifa Haftar.

The same day, Libya's Government of National Accord said it may officially seek Turkish military support in the face of Haftar's months-long offensive to seize Tripoli.

Turkey and its regional ally Qatar have already supplied an array of weapons to the Tripoli government, including drones, but is now threatening a sharp escalation.

* This story was edited by Ahram Online.

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