Algeria promises its 'absolute support' for Libya

Algeria promises its 'absolute support' for Libya
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The Algerian president has thrown his support behind Libya as the country struggles to resolve its problems from years of conflict.
Tebboune hosted the head of Libya's presidential council Mohammad Younes Menfi [Getty]

Algeria offers its "absolute support" to Libya, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said Wednesday, as he hosted the head of Libya's presidential council Mohammad Younes Menfi.

Algeria is ready to help Libyans "in making the voice of their country heard" and "bringing aid and assistance to Libya... to resolve certain problems that have arisen," Tebboune said following a meeting between the two men.

He was quoted in a presidential statement published by Algerian media that did not elaborate on the "problems" he cited.

But Libya is struggling to emerge from decades of violence and political rivalries following its descent into chaos in the aftermath of the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that ousted dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

It currently has an interim government, under Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah and a presidential council headed by Menfi, which have promised to hold polls before the end of the year.

The government was established earlier this year following an October ceasefire between a now defunct Tripoli-based administration and forces loyal to eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar.

Tebboune reaffirmed Algeria's position in favour of "holding elections that will confer more legitimacy" on the presidential council.

Algiers favours the organisation of a "simultaneous parliamentary and presidential election" in Libya, Tebboune said.

Menfi said he was "delighted" by Algerian support, according to Algeria's official APS news agency.

The two leaders spoke about "security in southern Libya", where their countries share a near-1,000 kilometre border, the Libyan leader said, according to APS.

"We hope to establish technical Algerian-Libyan cooperation alongside bilateral security cooperation," Menfi was quoted as saying.

Algeria is meanwhile seeking to play a more active role in Libya and the Sahel, and lately named Ramtane Lamamra, a highly experienced mediator, as foreign minister.