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International hindrances get in the way of Algeria’s mediation to solve Libya’s conflict

Active Algerian endeavors in search of effective mediation between the two parties to the fighting in Libya have recently emerged and have been led directly by Algerian President Abdelmajid Tebboune, who has repeatedly stated that his country stands at the same distance from all the warring parties.

Not only did Algerian diplomacy hint at its willingness to play the role of mediator, but this desire was translated on the ground with extensive meetings held with international and domestic parties concerned with the Libyan status quo, and they were all focused on pushing for a political solution and bringing the Libyan parties to the table.

Algeria, in its dealings with the Libyan file, follows a policy of opening parallel lines of consultation with the parties to the conflict, hence; President Tebboune received last June the Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez al-Sarraj, and Speaker of Parliament Aqila Saleh, in two separate meetings.

Meanwhile, the researcher at the “Clingendael Institute” in The Hague, Jalel Harchaoui, said “Algerian diplomacy has real credibility, as a big country that is neutral towards Libya, not only in the eyes of the GNA, but also in the eyes of the Commander-in-Chief of the National Army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

Algerian mediation attempts face a major obstacle, according to Harchaoui, as they lack diplomatic force of international weight like the United States, or Russia, indicating that the American refusal to appoint Lemamra as a special envoy to Libya “has diminished Algerian hopes.

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