The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TUNIS – Tunisian Foreign Minister Noureddine Erray on Monday welcomed Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum during their meeting in Tunis, Tunisia, to discuss increasing Tunisia and Algeria’s contact with the Libyan side and international players with the aim of reaching a true dialogue that will guarantee Libya’s stability and prosperity.
“The consultation and coordination between Tunisia and Algeria was held with high regard on this important issue, which is decisive for both countries”. Algerian minister, Sabri Boukadoum said.
He further expressed the hope that the efforts of Tunisia and Algeria would contribute to a political settlement between Libyans that would put an end to the suffering of the Libyan people and fulfill their legitimate expectations for a strong, united and stable state.
He further stated that the Libyan issue “have nothing to do with oil or economic interests.”
He stressed the determination of the two countries’ leaderships to work towards a political settlement in Libya, far from foreign interference and narrow and contradictory agendas.
“It can be asserted that Tunisia and Algeria are the only two states that have no agenda in Libya,” said Tunisian Foreign Minister Noureddine Erray.
Tunisia and Algeria only seek to restore the unity and stability of Libya through peaceful and consensual solutions among Libyans themselves, without foreign interference, he added.
He said the Libyan case is “delicate” and “involves the national security of both countries”.
It is the duty of Tunisia and Algeria “to encourage the Libyan protagonists and the influential parties in this issue for a political solution that puts an end to the conflict in this country and paves the way for a better future in Libya and in the entire region”.
He also noted that the meeting was an opportunity to reaffirm that the Palestinian question remains “a major cause for the Arab nation”.
Erray stressed that Tunisia and Algeria will seriously work to “defend the rights of the Palestinian people and confront all Israeli attempts to undermine international legitimacy”.
Concerning the joint Arab action, the Foreign Minister stressed that Tunisia and Algeria consider that this system needs a deep reform that will enable it to meet the current challenges and deal with the current Arab issues.
Bilaterally, Noureddine Erray expressed the willingness of Tunisia and Algeria to raise cooperation relations to the level of a strategic partnership, particularly in the fields of technology and health.