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Armenian Bishop Armash Nalbandian: Countries Supporting The Turkish Criminals In Syria Bear Responsibility For GenocideTuesday, March 7, 2017 Comments Off
Bishop Armash Nalbandian, Primate of the Armenian Church of Damascus, accused Turkey of giving militants in Syria instructions “to target Armenian places, churches, and schools, and to target the very identity of the Armenians.” Bishop Nalbandian, speaking on the Egyptian ON TV channel on January 28, said that a new genocide was taking place in […]
The Tunisian President, Beiji Caid Essebsi, said his country wishes that Libya’s unity process can take effect as soon as possible, saying Tunisia is ready to provide any assistance along with Libya’s neighbouring countries, Algeria and Egypt. In an interview with Euronews, Essebsi said Tuesday that his country’s desire is for Libya to regain its […]
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel (L) meets with his Algerian counterpart Abdelmalek Sellal in Algiers, Algeria, on Dec. 6, 2016. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel on Tuesday kicked off an official visit to Algeria to boost bilateral cooperation, especially in the fields of security and economy. ALGIERS, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) — Belgian Prime Minister Charles […]
US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that there would be no foreign military intervention in Libya and called for a diplomatic solution as violence flared in the capital Tripoli. “Our tools are diplomacy. We are not looking at other options,” Kerry told journalists alongside his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni following a summit […]
Senior army officials from the 5 + 5 Defense Initiative met on Tuesday in Algiers to assess the progress of the 2016 action plan and finalize the 2017 plan. The 5 + 5 Defense Initiative includes five Maghreb countries: Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya and Mauritania and five EU countries: France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Malta.
The Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui said his country is consulting with Algeria to hold an urgent meeting on Libya. In an interview with the Tunisian television, Jhinaoui said that Tunisia deals with Libya’s Government of National Accord led by Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj adding that “unfortunately, the
Spokesman for the Libyan National Army said on Wednesday that his forces have controlled 70 percent of the country’s territories. “After retrieving the majority of homeland, we pledge to fight hard until the entire soil of Libya is freed from the grip of terrorist groups,” the army spokesman Ahmed al-Mesmary told reporters at Libya’s Embassy […]
US fighter aircraft carried out Monday night three airstrikes targeting houses in Al-Firda, Brak Al-Shatti, southern Libya, said the spokesman of the Third Force appointed to secure the southern region, Mohammed Gliwan.
The Algerian army has undertaken a four-day military training exercise south of Tindouf under the supervision of Gaid Salah, Chief of Staff of the Algerian army. For the second time this year, the National Popular Army (ANP) of Algeria carried out a live fire training exercise in an area dubbed Third Military Zone in Tindouf, […]
The United Nations has appointed a new deputy head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to succeed Jordan Ali H. Al-Za’tari. Maria do Valle Ribeiro is to take over from Al-Za’tari. Ribeiro has around 30 years’ experience in the UN and working in international NGOs and has served as the UN Resident Coordinator, […]
The Algerian government has decided to employ more sophisticated means to monitor its borders with Morocco by creating a system of technical surveillance and electronic borders, an official from the Ministry of Justice announced yesterday, Algeria’s state-run APS reported. “Both mobile and fixed means will be in place for securing and monitoring the borders,” the […]
Libyan forces in the final stages of a six-month campaign to recapture Sirte from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) said they freed 14 civilians on Nov. 6 from a small residential area where some militants are holding out. The forces, composed of fighters mainly from Misrata, say they are exercising caution […]
Seven African leaders met at the African Union headquarter in Ethiopia on Tuesday to launch a new initiative to solve the 5-year-old Libyan crisis. “Africa today is affected by the disastrous consequences of the Libyan crisis,” said Idris Deby, President of Chad and chairperson of the African Union.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry held talks with deputy-chief of Libyan Presidential Council (PC) Fathi al-Majburi here on Thursday, highlighting dialogue and agreement among Libyan parties as key to unity of the conflict-stricken country, the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement. Ahmed Abu Zeid, the ministry’s spokesman, said that the ministry attaches great interest […]
Two terrorists have been killed and two Kalachnikov machine pistols were recovered by a detachment of the People’s National Army (ANP) on Friday in Jijel, said a communiqué of the National Defence Ministry (MDN). “As part of the fight against terrorism and following an ambush, an Army detachment killed, on 4 November 2016 at 12:00, […]
Algeria and Mali on Friday in Bamako, expressed “satisfaction” with the progress made in the application of the Malian peace and national reconciliation agreement, which resulted from Algiers Process. “The two parties noted with satisfaction, the progress made in the implementation of the Malian peace and national reconciliation agreement, which resulted from Algiers Process, and […]
Morocco’s Interior Ministry says it has arrested five people suspected of ties with the Islamic State and of plans to carry out attacks.
President of the Presidency Council, Fayez Saraj met Tuesday in London with British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, US Secretary of State, John Kerry, Italian Foreign minister, Paolo Gentiloni and representative of the French Foreign Ministry. Head of UNSMIL, Martin Kobler was also present at the meeting. Several issued were addressed in the meeting related to […]
Algeria’s ambassador in Tunis Abdelkader Hadjar said, Tuesday, that Algeria which has suffered from terrorism for a long time, stands today beside Tunisia to counter any attempt to undermine its security. The military and security co-operation between the two countries is at its highest levels, he affirmed.
The EU Naval Operation Sophia started this week the training of the Libyan Navy Coast Guard and Libyan Navy and the implementation of the UN arms embargo on the high seas off the coast of Libya. An EU statement Thursday noted that the naval operation aimed at disrupting the business model of human smugglers and […]
Security, fight against terrorism and the situation in the Arab world will be on the agenda of the 13th meeting, Friday in Marseille, of the Foreign Affairs Minister of 5+5 Dialogue on the western Mediterranean. This meeting of the western Mediterranean’s countries will bring together, in addition to Algeria, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Libya, […]
A plane crashed Monday morning in Malta killing all five French people on Tuesday morning at 7:20 a.m. shortly after take-off in Luqa airport. Maltese officials said French customs officials were among victims on the flight, which was heading for the city of Misrata in Libya.
Algerian Minister for Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League, Abdelkader Messahel and visiting Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Ignacio Ybanez, vowed on Monday to boost bilateral cooperation in the political, security and economic fields.
British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said that the UK military will send 40 military troops to Tunisia in an effort to stop the entry of Daesh fighters from neighbouring Libya. According to Fallon, the military personnel will train around 200 Tunisian army elements focusing on operational planning, intelligence, surveillance and mobile patrols.
US aircraft hit Daesh targets with more 30 strikes over the last three days on the Libyan city of Sirte as pro-government forces push into its last militant-held districts, the US military said on Monday. Libyan forces are close to ending a six-month campaign to liberate Sirte from the Daesh group, which took over the […]
Vice-president of India, Mohammad Hamid Ansari started on Monday a three-day official visit to Algeria. Ansari was greeted at Houari-Boumediene international airport by Chairman of the People’s National Assembly Mohamed Larbi Ould Khelifa, Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra and members of the government.
Algerian counterterrorism forces on Thursday killed five armed militants in Tazoult of Batna province, 480 km southeast Algiers, Defense Ministry said in a statement. The operation is still underway. Troops have managed to retrieve machine guns and large quantity of ammunition, the source added.
A security co-operation agreement was signed between Tunisia and Germany at the end of a working session held Monday in Berlin, under the chairmanship of Interior Minister Hedi Majdoub and his German counterpart Thomas de Maizière. According to a statement from the Interior Department, the agreement provides for the diversification of areas of bilateral co-operation, […]
An initiative to revitalise the Arab League’s role in resolving the Libyan crisis and urging stakeholders to settle disputes and iron out difficulties that impede the implementation of the political agreement was tabled Thursday by Tunisia as part of its presidency of the 146th Ordinary Session of the Arab Foreign Ministers’ Council.
Libya’s last chemical weapons stocks have arrived safely in Germany after being shipped out of the country, and will now be prepared for destruction, a global watchdog said Thursday. “Another crucial step has been taken toward eliminating Libya’s remaining chemical weapon precursors,” Ahmet Uzumcu, head of the UN-backed Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons […]
Morocco’s envoy to the United Nations has said Rabat is committed to a ceasefire in Western Sahara after the UN voiced fears of renewed hostilities in the disputed territory. A 1991 UN-brokered truce ended 16 years of conflict between Morocco, which maintains that Western Sahara is an integral part of its kingdom and the Algiers-backed […]
Libyan forces loyal to a powerful general on Sunday recaptured two key oil terminals from militias in a surprise attack, according to officials familiar with the operation. They said forces led by General Khalifa Hifter, who heads the Libyan National Army, took over the Ras Lanuf and al-Sidra terminals on Libya’s Mediterranean coast and were […]
Under the patronage of the United Nations, members of the Libyan political dialogue held a consultative meeting in Tunisia on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the latest developments in Libya, including the implementation of the Libyan political agreement signed in Assakhriat, Morocco. A statement issued by the UN mission in Libya, headed by Martin Kobler, […]
Libyan forces are assisting a group of military engineers to dismantle bombs and mines left behind by ISIS fighters in recently liberated areas of Sirte. The engineers gathered old 155mm ammunition, which were heavily used by ISIS, attached to random household objects such as window fastenings and door handles. Small missiles, detonation devices, shells and […]
Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel held discussions, Thursday in Cairo, with the Tunisian and Sudanese Foreign ministers and Libyan Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, as well as the Arab League’s Secretary General, said the Foreign Ministry in a statement. The discussions, held on the sidelines of the meeting of […]