Chairman of the Government of National Accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, met on Saturday with Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune in Algeria which seeks to mediate to resolve the Libyan conflict that has been going on for years.
Al-Sarraj arrived in Algeria on a one-day visit, according to the Algerian news agency.
The State television reported that Sarraj met with President Tebboune and that the visit is part of “the efforts Algeria aims to find a peaceful solution to the Libyan crisis.”
The Spokesman of Algeria’s presidency, Belaid Mohand-Oussaid said on June 9 that his country wants to “play the role of a mediator to bring together the parties in Libya, without taking sides with one or against another or waiting for other matters related to the development of the military situation in the field.”
Algeria, which shares about 1,000 km of borders with Libya, made extensive contacts at the beginning of the year in an attempt to contribute to a political solution to the Libyan conflict that threatens the stability of the region.
Before Sarraj, Algeria Hosted Saleh
It hosted a meeting of the countries neighboring Libya immediately after an international conference held in Berlin, during which the participating countries pledged to support a ceasefire in Libya and adhere to the “arms embargo” for the conflicting parties in Libya.
The United Nations later condemned the failure to respect the decisions of the Berlin Conference.
Since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011, Libya has been in chaos. Since 2015, two powers have contested the ruling: the government of National Accord headed by Al-Sarraj, based in Tripoli (west), and a parallel government that supports Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar in the east of the country.
Aguila Saleh, head of the Libyan parliament that is based in the east and supports Haftar, visited Algeria last week and met President Tebboune “in the context of the efforts made by Algeria to find a political solution to the Libyan crisis (…) away from foreign military interventions,” as stated in the Algerian presidential statement.
On his part, Saleh said that the Algerian president “will do his utmost to reunite the Libyans and bring them together around the dialogue table to solve according to the outcomes of the Berlin conference.”