Algeria warned Friday of the consequences of dangerous and unplanned withdrawals of mercenaries and foreign forces from Libya on neighboring countries.
Ammar Ballani, the special envoy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in charge of the Maghreb countries’ file, warned of the ominous consequences of “an unplanned and uncontrolled transfer of mercenaries and weapons outside Libyan soil.”
And he stressed, during his remote participation in the work of the ministerial meeting of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, today, according to what Al Arabiya correspondent reported, the need for the withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries to take place “gradually, in an orderly and secure manner, under the auspices of the United Nations and in coordination with neighboring countries.”
A pivotal role for neighboring countries
In addition, the Algerian official stressed at the same time the pivotal role of the neighboring countries, and the need to fully involve them in the talks and the processes that are launched in this regard.
The Libyan-Algerian border
Ballani reiterated Algeria’s absolute solidarity with the Libyan people and its full support for the efforts of the Libyan authorities to hold the presidential and parliamentary elections as scheduled on December 24.
He also expressed his country’s readiness to accompany the Libyans and enable them to benefit from its own experience in the field of national reconciliation.
It is noteworthy that the neighboring countries of Libya have always warned against the file of mercenaries and its danger to the security of the region. Following a meeting at the end of last August in Algeria, the foreign ministers of the neighboring Libyan countries agreed to coordinate with the 5 + 5 Military Committee on the file of the withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign forces.
There are about 11,000 Syrian mercenaries and fighters of other nationalities on Libyan soil.