Libya’s neighbours propose tribal meeting to solve conflict

ALGIERS, ALGERIA (AP) — Algeria’s President Abdelmadjid Tebboune is proposing that Libya’s tribal groups hold meetings in a neighbouring country to find new solutions to the conflict tearing oil-rich Libya apart.

Fighting among militias, arms and migrant trafficking and extremism in Libya are a big concern to neighbouring Algeria and Tunisia, whose presidents met on Sunday in Algiers.

Both leaders were elected in recent months, and are eager to keep Libya’s lawlessness from further spilling over their borders. President Abdelmadjid Tebboune called for meetings in either the capital of Algeria or Tunisia “with all of Libya’s tribes, to begin a new era for building new institutions, allowing for the organisation of general elections and establishment of new foundations of a democratic Libyan state”.

Any such meetings should have United Nations (UN) backing, Tebboune said at a news conference after his talks with Tunisia’s Kais Saied.

Tebboune insisted that any solution to Libya’s conflict should come from Libyans themselves and “protected from foreign interference and weapons flows”.

Algeria’s President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greet each other during a welcoming ceremony at the airport in Algiers, Algeria. PHOTO: AP