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Tillerson, Libya’s PM discuss need to back UN Action Plan

Monday, December 4, 2017 Comments Off

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj on Friday to discuss the need for all Libyan and international parties to work together for stabilizing Libya. They urged backing the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya Ghassan Salame’s Action Plan “to advance the national political reconciliation process and lay […]

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EU, African leaders call for political solution in Libya

Monday, December 4, 2017 Comments Off

African and European leaders said Friday that a lasting resolution of the issue of African migrants is closely linked to addressing the root causes of the phenomenon and requires a political solution to the persistent crisis in Libya. “In this respect, they stressed the imperative need for coordinated action involving all the stakeholders concerned, especially […]

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US pledges to support Libya unity regime under UN plan

Monday, December 4, 2017 Comments Off

The United States renewed its support for Libya’s UN-backed government on Friday and urged all parties in the country to get behind efforts to organise elections. President Donald Trump welcomed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj to the White House shortly after the Libyan visited the State Department for talks with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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Libya air strikes kill dozens of IS members in Sirte

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Comments Off

Libya’s Air Force on Wednesday carried out air raids on Islamic State (IS) sites near the city of Sirte, killing dozens of militants and destroying all of their equipments, according to a military source. “The air force carried out four raids targeting sites near the desert road leading to the town of Harawa, east of […]

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Algeria counter-terrorism troops arrest 4 in Batna province

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Comments Off

Algerian counter-terrorism troops arrested on Sunday four individuals suspected of providing support to terrorists in the province of Batna, 400 km southeast of Algiers, Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday. The source specified that the four suspects were arrested after the exploitation of accurate intelligence by counter-terrorism troops.

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Tunisian-Algerian-Egyptian to hold meeting on Libya

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Comments Off

Minister of Foreign Affairs Khemaïes Jhinaoui will participate in a tripartite consultation meeting on Libya to be attended by the Foreign Ministers of Libya, Algeria and Egypt on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the meeting will examine the steps to take to implement the initiative of […]

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French President to visit Algeria

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Comments Off

French President Emmanuel Macron is due to visit Algeria on Dec. 6. The visit was decided following consultations between Algerian and French competent institutions. Macron was set to visit Algeria in September, but his visit was postponed to anther date.

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Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt to discuss Libya on Nov 15

Thursday, November 9, 2017 Comments Off

The tripartite meeting of Libya’s neighbouring countries (Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt) will be held on November 15 in Cairo, Egypt, Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui said in a statement after his meeting with President Beji Caid Essebsi on Tuesday at Carthage Palace.

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Algeria, Mauritania to open first border post after 50 years

Thursday, November 9, 2017 Comments Off

Maghreb neighbours Algeria and Mauritania are to open their first border post more than 50 years after independence from France, the Mauritanian news agency AMI reported on Thursday. Mauritanian Interior Minister Ahmedou Ould Abdallah and Algerian counterpart Noureddine Bedoui signed an accord Bedoui ended a visit to Nouakchott on Wednesday, according to AMI.

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UNSC call on all Libyan parties to work together

Friday, October 13, 2017 Comments Off

The UN Security Council on Tuesday urged Libyans, divided with rival governments and beset by violence, to work together ahead of hoped-for elections. Separately, the European Union is seeking to reopen its embassy in Libya pending security conditions, officials said on Tuesday, offering further political support for the Tripoli government struggling to establish control.

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Libyan coastguard to be trained in Tunisia

Friday, October 13, 2017 Comments Off

A group of 19 officers and non-commissioned officers of the Libyan coast guard authority are to begin a training course in Tunisia on Saturday, Colonel Tareq Shanbur, the director of security operations on Libya’s coasts and president of the coordination system of Italian-Libyan operations to fight illegal immigration, has said.

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French, Egypt FMs discuss region issues in Paris

Friday, October 6, 2017 Comments Off

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian received here Friday his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukri for in-depth talks on bilateral but mainly regional issues, including the Syrian, Libyan and Palestinian issues, an official statement said. Concerning Libya, the two officials “welcomed the progress in the mediation” that is taking place in Tunis under the aegis of […]

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Tunisia backs UN drive to hold Libya elections this year

Friday, September 22, 2017 Comments Off

Khemaies Jhinaoui, Tunisia’s foreign minister, used his address to the UN General Assembly meeting in New York on Friday to give strong backing to the special envoy’s roadmap for Libya. Mr Jhinaoui said Tunis was co-ordinating closely with Egypt and Algeria as Libya’s neighbours to back Ghassan Salame’s drive to revise the Libya Political Agreement […]

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Egypt says it will host ‘reorganisation’ of Libyan army

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt says that it will host the reorganisation of Libya’s army, currently an eastern-based force led by General Khalifa Hifter. A statement signed by the Egyptian Committee on Libya on Tuesday says Libyan military officers who met in Cairo recently chose Egypt as a starting point for plans to unify the army.

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UN troops to arrive in Libya soon

Saturday, September 9, 2017 Comments Off

The United Nations Envoy to Libya has revealed that 250 UN troops will arrive in the North African state in the coming weeks, AlKhaleejonline.com reported on Friday. Ghassan Salama made his comments in an interview with an Italian newspaper.

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Tunisian FM meets UNSMIL chief

Thursday, September 7, 2017 Comments Off

The Tunisian Foreign Minister Khamis Al Jheinawi on Tuesday met the Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya Ghassan Salama. The meeting centered on the Libyan issue, especially the meeting on Libya called by the UN Secretary General in New York in September, and the meeting which the AU High Level Presidents Committee on […]

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EU maritime to continue to seize arms off Libya

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Comments Off

The UN Security Council voted unanimously on Monday to allow the European Union’s (EU) maritime force to seize illegal weapons off Libya’s coast for another year, a move aimed at helping restore peace to the deeply divided north African nation. The British-drafted resolution authorises EU ships in Operation Sophia to stop vessels on the high […]

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Armenian Bishop Armash Nalbandian: Countries Supporting The Turkish Criminals In Syria Bear Responsibility For Genocide

Tuesday, 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 […]

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Tunisia expresses will to help Libya evade division

Thursday, December 8, 2016 Comments Off

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 […]

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Belgian PM visits Algeria to discuss security

Thursday, December 8, 2016 Comments Off

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 […]

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US rules out army intervention in Libya

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Comments Off

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 […]

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Algiers hosts 5+5 Defense Initiative meeting

Friday, November 18, 2016 Comments Off

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.

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Tunisia set to hold a meeting on Libya’s crisis

Friday, November 18, 2016 Comments Off

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

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Libya’s Hatfar forces control 70% of country

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Comments Off

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 […]

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US warplanes hit IS in south Libya

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Comments Off

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.

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Algeria Undertakes Military Exercise Near Moroccan Border

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Comments Off

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, […]

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UN appoints new deputy head of Libya mission

Thursday, November 10, 2016 Comments Off

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, […]

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Algeria to increase Morocco border surveillance

Thursday, November 10, 2016 Comments Off

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 […]

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Libyan forces eliberate 14 civilians from ISIL in Sirte

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Comments Off

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 […]

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Seven African leaders meet to discuss Libyan crisis

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Comments Off

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.

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Egyptian FM calls for dialogue as key to Libyan solution

Friday, November 4, 2016 Comments Off

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 […]

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Algerian army kill two terrorists in Jijel

Friday, November 4, 2016 Comments Off

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, […]

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Algeria, Mali “satisfied” with progress in peace agreement, resulting from Algiers process

Friday, November 4, 2016 Comments Off

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 […]

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Morocco arrests 5 suspected of setting up ISIS training camp

Friday, November 4, 2016 Comments Off

Morocco’s Interior Ministry says it has arrested five people suspected of ties with the Islamic State and of plans to carry out attacks.

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Western powers discuss Libyan crisis

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 Comments Off

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 […]

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