Algeria hosting foreign ministers on Libya crisis


Algeria hosted foreign affairs ministers from countries bordering Libya to discuss the conflict on Thursday, its Foreign Ministry said.

Ministers from Egypt, Tunisia, Sudan, Chad, Mali and Niger are in Algiers after a summit in Berlin aimed at shoring up a tentative ceasefire.

Germany’s foreign minister will have meetings in Algiers an Algerian Foreign Ministry statement said.

Algeria has a 1,000 km border with Libya and is working to “build consensus to secure maximum chance for a peace deal” at a proposed future meeting in Algiers, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Algeria maintains good contacts with all sides in Libya. Other foreign leaders and foreign ministers from Arab and European states and Turkey all visited Algeria recently to discuss the crisis.

Facing its own internal political problems after a year of mass protests that led to leadership changes, Algiers is concerned about new security threats from escalation in Libya.

Libya’s conflict represents the first major international test for new Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, elected last month. Algeria fears attempts by armed groups to enter its territory from Libya to attack its oil and gas facilities.