The French Minister of Foreign Affairs in Algiers where he should discuss Libya and Mali ~ #AFP:

This will be his third trip to Algiers since the election of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune in December 2019. His previous visits date back to January and March 2020.

No details on its program have been communicated. During his previous trips, he had met the Head of State, Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad and his counterpart Sabri Boukadoum.

Libya and Mali should figure prominently among the topics of discussion, while Algiers intends to play an active role in resolving these two crises.

The head of French diplomacy, for his part, pleads for the organization of a meeting of Libya’s neighbors and is due to visit these different countries soon.

“We have historical channels of discussion, I am thinking of Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Chad and Niger, Sudan a little bit to be able to organize a meeting of Libya’s neighbors which would accompany the process called process. of Berlin “, he declared on October 7 to the National Assembly.

Libya is torn between two rival authorities: the Government of National Unity (GNA) in the West, based in Tripoli and recognized by the UN, and a power embodied by Khalifa Haftar, a strong man from the East.

Undermined by Marshal Haftar’s military offensive against Tripoli in April 2019, which has since collapsed, the Libyan political process resumed in September. Next discussions are scheduled for early November in Tunis.

The main countries involved in the Libyan crisis – including Turkey, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt – pledged in January in Berlin to respect a UN arms embargo and to cease all interference, commitments that remained for the dead letter hour.

Algeria, which fears the risks of instability at its borders and is trying to reactivate its role on the regional diplomatic scene, also reiterated its “availability” to work for peace in Mali, where transitional authorities have been put in place in September after the August 18 coup.

France has deployed an anti-jihadist force of more than 5,000 men in the Sahel, especially in Mali. Algeria is said to retain influence over rebel groups in northern Mali, many of whom have Algerian nationality.

Paris and Algiers also have multiple bilateral issues on the table, from memory work linked to colonization to economic exchanges on which France has ceded ground to the benefit of China in particular.

President Tebboune praised in September the willingness of his counterpart Emmanuel Macron to settle “memorial issues”, which poison relations between the two countries.

This relaunch of relations was heated in May after the broadcast of documentaries on “Hirak” on French television. Algiers then recalled its ambassador to Paris for consultations.

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Source: VOA-AFP.

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