Algeria, Italy urge for cease-fire in Libya

ALGIERS, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) — Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum Thursday said Algiers and Rome share convergent views over the necessity to reach a cease-fire in war-ridden Libya.

Coordination between Algeria and Italy on Libya is “very good,” Boukadoum told a joint press conference attended by his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio in Algiers, APS news agency reported.

He said that “a political solution is the most appropriate to Libya.”

He further noted that negotiations between the conflicting Libyan parties “are necessary at this time because they are the first concerned with what is happening inside their own nation.”

For his part, Di Maio said that all the countries he visited, including Turkey, Egypt, Belgium and Algeria, “agree on the necessity of reaching a peaceful solution and a cease-fire in Libya.”

He stressed that “everyone agrees on the need to reach a solution that guarantees stability in the region.”

Algeria, which shares 1,000 km-long border with Libya, fears the fallout of any potential “proxy war” in Libya between influential international powers.

Therefore, Algeria tends to stop the dangerous scenario on its national security, as it has deployed thousands of its troops to the border with Libya.

Libya has been hit by civil war since the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011.