Libya’s neighbours in talks in Algiers Jan 24, 2020 0 1488 12345 AFPAlgiersLibya’s neighbours came together on Thursday in Algiers as part of international efforts to find a political settlement to a crisis that threatens regional stability. The meeting, organised at Algeria’s initiative, began mid-morning with statements from each of the participants and continued behind closed doors, an AFP journalist said.It brought together foreign ministers from Tunisia, Egypt and Chad, as well as diplomats from Sudan and Niger. Mali sent a representative while Morocco was absent from the talks.German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who was set to brief the meeting on the results of Sunday’s international summit in Berlin, is also attending. Several African countries had complained of being left out of the so-called Berlin process, during which world leaders committed to ending all foreign meddling in Libya and upholding a weapons embargo.But the outcome of the efforts remains uncertain.Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the Tripoli-based UN-recognised Government of National Accord, and his rival Khalifa Haftar, who controls eastern Libya, refused to meet in Berlin and are not participating in the Algeria talks. “The current situation in Libya cannot withstand an escalation,” Algeria’s Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum told on Thursday’s meeting.He said neighbouring countries had a role to play in fostering dialogue between the Libyan parties to “put an end to the bloody clashes and avoid leading the country towards the unknown”.Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who attended the Berlin summit, said on Wednesday: “There are statements from Sarraj, statements from Haftar’s side, which indicate that the only power capable of settling the problem is Algeria.”The Algiers meeting came as the UN Security Council urged Libya’s warring parties to reach a long-term deal paving the way for a political process aimed at ending the conflict.Algeria shares a border of almost 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) with Libya, which has been rocked by violence since the 2011 toppling of dictator Moamer Kadhafi by NATO-backed insurgents.Mitiga, the Libyan capital’s only operational airport, closed again Wednesday evening after threats from pro-Haftar forces.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who supports Sarraj’s GNA, is expected in Algiers on Sunday. RELATED ARTICLES Russian strikes kill 8 civilians in Syria’s Idlib Jan 24, 2020 0 116 Iraq protester gunned down in second night of violence Jan 24, 2020 0 112 At least six Mali soldiers killed in overnight ambush Jan 24, 2020 0 1560 Tunisia to repatriate militants’ children from Libya: Red Crescent AFP Tripoli A Tunisian delegation travelled on Thursday to Libya’s third city Misrata to repatriate children of jihadists killed in 2016 in the North African country, the Libyan Red Crescent said. Six Tunisian .. Turkey, NATO still at odds over Russia arms deal: Stoltenberg Davos: NATO and key member Turkey have failed to find common ground over Russia’s controversial delivery of a S-400 air defence system to Ankara, the military alliance’s chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday. The .. EU condemns northwest Syria offensive AFP Brussels The European Union on Thursday condemned renewed fighting around a rebel stronghold in northwest Syria, demanding an end to “unacceptable” air strikes that have killed civilians. The regime of President .. IS resurgence possible if US leaves Iraq Washington: The IS group is weakened but a resurgence is possible if the United States leaves Iraq, US Major General Alexus Grynkewich, the number two commander for the international anti-jihadist coalition in Iraq and .. Libyan government reopens Tripoli airport despite threat of shelling Tripoli: Libya’s United Nations-backed government said it would reopen Tripoli’s only operational airport on Thursday, a day after rival forces based in the east of the troubled country threatened to target .. World must stand strong against Holocaust-denying Iran: Pence Jerusalem: US Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday called on nearly 50 world leaders gathered in Jerusalem to ensure that another Holocaust would “never happen again” and to unite against Iran. “Today we remember ..