Algerian FM denies Libyan gov’t disturbed by Haftar meeting

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Armed soldiers of the Niger National Guard protect a convoy crossing the Sahara Desert from Niger north to Libya, often with Nigerien workers on overloaded trucks destined for work in mines, on October 8, 2018 in Agadez, Niger. (Photo by Scott Peterson/Getty Images)
Armed soldiers of the Niger National Guard protect a convoy crossing the Sahara Desert from Niger north to Libya. (Photo by Scott Peterson/Getty Images)

Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum denied Libya’s UN-backed government was discontented over his meeting with General Khalifa Haftar, the commander of the Libyan National Army.

Boukadoum made the remarks in a statement to reporters during an open session of the Algerian parliament on Tuesday.

He stressed that Algeria’s position is “clear towards the brothers in Libya, either in Tripoli or Benghazi.”

Boukadoum had made a surprise visit to Benghazi on Feb. 5 during which he met with Haftar and other officials as part of a new course Algeria started to end the Libyan crisis based on a peaceful political solution through dialogue.

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