Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio was received by Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Thursday during a visit devoted to the crisis in Libya, official sources said.
Di Maio had previously been received by his counterpart Sabri Boukadoum with whom he discussed « the situation in Libya on which the two countries are making intense diplomatic efforts in favor of a political solution », according to the official Algerian agency APS .
« It is time to put all the countries and all the people around a table and find the solution that will guarantee peace in this region, » said Di Maio, quoted by the APS.
« Everyone agrees on a cease-fire in Libya », added the Italian minister who recently visited Istanbul, Brussels and Cairo as part of international diplomatic efforts aimed at a peaceful solution .
For his part, the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sameh Choukri, arrived at midday in the Algerian capital where, according to the spokesperson of the ministry Ahmed Hafez, he must also meet Mr. Tebboune and his counterpart Sabri Boukadoum.
For several days, Algerian diplomacy has intensified political initiatives with a view to easing the crisis in Libya, a country with which it shares nearly 1,000 km of border.
Algeria called on the international community to « take responsibility » and « impose a cease-fire » in this divided country.
The Italian Foreign Minister begins his visit to Algiers when the Italian head of government Giuseppe Conte called on the strongman of the Libyan east, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, to stop his offensive on Tripoli, the Libyan capital.
Sirte, a strategic lock
Forces loyal to Field Marshal Haftar have captured Sirte, a strategic lock between eastern and western Libya.
Plunged into chaos since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya is today torn between two authorities: the government of Libyan National Union (GNA), recognized by the UN and based in Tripoli, and a power embodied by Marshal Haftar in the East.
On Monday, the head of the GNA, Fayez al-Sarraj, briefly visited Algiers, where he was followed by the Turkish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Last week, the Turkish parliament urgently passed a motion allowing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to send troops to Libya in support of the GNA.
Anxious to remain “equidistant” from the two warring camps in Libya, Algiers rejects for its part “any foreign interference” and urges “all the components and parties of Libya (…) to a rapid return to the process of inclusive national dialogue”.
An international conference, to which Algeria has been invited, is planned soon in Berlin to find a political solution in Libya under the aegis of the United Nations.