Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune says the deterioration of the situation in Libya will impact the African Sahel region's stability.

In an interview with the French newspaper Le Figaro, published on Friday, Tebboune said that the unstable situation in neighbouring Libya had given way for arms smugglers to bring more heavy weapons to the African Sahel region.

He insisted that any settlement in the region has to pass through Algeria, as matters would not have reached this point if his country had received support in implementing the 2015 Algiers agreement, which aim was to calm the tension in the region.

"Algeria follows the logic of its neighbour and does not engage in geopolitics like others," President Tebboune said.

In mid-December, Tebboune had a phone call with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, in which they exchanged views on the situation in Libya and the Sahel region.