The US embassy in Libya announced – today, Sunday – that the US special envoy to Libya, Richard Norland, met in Tunisia – yesterday, Saturday – the President of the Supreme Council of State, Muhammad Al-Manfi.
The embassy added that the US envoy stressed the need to unify the military establishment in Libya and remove foreign forces from it.
The embassy stated – in a statement reported by the Libyan Al Wasat portal – that during the meeting held in Tunis on the sidelines of the exile visit, the improvement of security conditions in the south was discussed, in order to better deal with issues such as human trafficking and the presence of mercenaries.
Tunisia and Libya
In a joint press statement with Tunisian President Qais Said, the head of the Libyan Presidency Council, Mohamed Al-Manfi, from the Carthage Palace, stressed the need for security cooperation between the two countries during the transitional period and Libya’s exit from chaos.
“We dealt with security cooperation, and we know that this stage is very dangerous, especially in the region,” Al-Manfi said. “There must be security stability.”
For his part, Saeed affirmed that there is “a strong and steadfast will to complete the path that began after assuming leadership in Libya,” stressing that “the Tunisian people stand by their brothers in Libya in rebuilding their institutions and securing this transitional stage.”
The visit to exile comes a week after the visit of Tunisian Prime Minister Hicham El-Mechichi to Tripoli. He stressed his country’s desire to stimulate economic cooperation with the neighboring country at a time when Tunisia is experiencing a severe economic crisis.
Algeria and Libya
On the other hand, the head of the Libyan national unity government, Abdel Hamid Dabaiba , began – yesterday – an official visit to Algeria, the first of its kind since he assumed office.
Dabaiba’s visit coincides with the start of the 3-day Algerian-Libyan Economic Forum.
Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum announced – during the opening of the forum – that the latest arrangements were made to reopen the “Debdab-Ghadames” border crossing with Libya and a sea line for goods and goods between the two countries.
Boukadoum, who visited Libya last May, added that “the two parties are working on finalizing the final talks to open the maritime line linking Tripoli and Algiers, with the aim of using it to transport goods.”
Libya is trying to emerge from a decade of chaos and fighting after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, and the administration of interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid al-Dabaiba was tasked with unifying Libyan institutions and preparing for elections on December 24, according to a process launched by the United Nations last November.