Saudi FM discusses Libya with Algerian, Tunisian leaders

Alwasat - Cairo Wed 29 Jul 2020, 11:13 AM
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Saudi Arabia's top diplomat visited Algeria and Tunisia on Tuesday, the second day of a North African tour to discuss the conflict in neighbouring Libya.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan met Algeria's president Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who has vowed to remain neutral in the conflict.

The Saudi diplomat told Tebboune that the kingdom would "coordinate with Algeria to reach a peaceful solution to the Libyan crisis".

He also underlined the "central role of neighbouring countries" in resolving the conflict and battling "terrorism and foreign interference" in Libya, according to a statement published by Algerian state news agency APS.

In Tunisia, he met president Kais Saied and praised "the converging views between Tunisia and Saudi Arabia on the challenges facing the region".

Prince Faisal's visits came a day after he met his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry in Cairo, which has mooted the possibility of sending troops to Libya in support of Haftar.

Speaking after the meeting, the Saudi diplomat said he had voiced the kingdom's "full support for the Egyptian stance" in Libya and called for "peaceful political talks and a ceasefire".