French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will pay a working visit to Algeria on Thursday, to explore its positions on the developments in the Libyan and Mali crises, with Paris intending to launch an initiative that brings together neighboring countries, while the hostage deal in Bamako provokes a silent crisis between the two countries.
According to his weekly work program, Le Drian's visit is the third of its kind to Algeria since the election of President Abdel Majid Tebboune as president in December 2019, which is likely to address the Libyan file in light of French efforts to launch an initiative to solve the crisis that includes neighboring countries.
Le Drian revealed during the work of the French National Assembly on the seventh of October, saying: "We have historical discussion channels and I think about Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Chad and Niger as well as Sudan a little bit, to be able to organize a meeting of Libya's neighbors that could accompany the process called the Berlin process."
The French move comes in parallel with the resumption of political consultations last September in Morocco, Egypt and Switzerland, which resulted in several understandings regarding the sovereign positions while awaiting the arrangement to hold the next Libyan-Libyan dialogue in early November in the Tunisian capital.
The French ambassador to Cairo, Stephane Romate, said on Tuesday that his country is preparing to launch a new initiative to solve the Libyan crisis in coordination with Egypt, which includes neighboring countries and the political actors in the crisis, and is based on pushing the Libyan parties to reach a common political agenda and a permanent ceasefire, according to Press releases.