The Algerian Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union, and Arab League, Abdelkader Messahel, said he came to Libya with a support message from the Algerian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika for the Head of the Presidential Council of the UN-proposed government and the Libyan people.
In a joint presser with the Deputy Head of the UN-proposed government's Presidential Council, Ahmed Mitig, Messahel added that Algeria has historical ties that link it to Libya, confirming that it won’t forget Libya’s backup during its struggle for independence.
“We stand in solidarity with the Libyan people as our first priority in Libya now because the coming stage is going to be for developing the border districts and such an action will stabilize the two countries.” Messahel remarked.
He added that he will visit the Algerian Embassy’s building in Tripoli, reaffirming that Algeria will send an ambassador to Libya as soon as possible, hoping that Algeria would be the first country to reopen its embassy in Tripoli.
On the other hand, Ahmed Mitig, said that they both discussed issues related to borders and the Algerian experience in fighting terrorism during the Algerian Civil War.
Mitig also clarified that this visit by Messahel marks the first visit of an Arab, African and Maghreb country to Tripoli, pointing out that such a visit means a lot to Libya as it is connected with Algeria through long borders and as Algeria backed up the political agreement in all Skhirat rounds and even before them.