Algeria Hopes Libya Will Join Regional Security Strategy

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Algeria's African and Maghreb Affairs Minister, Abdelkader Messahel spoke with reporters ahead of a regional security and development convention in Algiers. He welcomes Libya's new authority and hopes the country will join in the fight against terrorism.

Libya needs to make regional security one of its priorities, Algeria's Minister for African and Maghreb Affairs said on Sunday.

Speaking at a news conference ahead of a regional security and development convention held in Algeria, Abdelkader Messahel welcomed Libya's new authority.

But he warned that security in the region would be difficult to safeguard without cooperation.

[Abdelkader Messahel, Minister for African and Maghreb Affairs]:
"We welcome the declarations of the new Libyan authorities which make security one of the priorities of the new authorities. This is a very important problem, we see how they are taking that into their hands, it's a good thing."

Algeria is due to host 38 delegations during the two-day regional conference on Wednesday and Thursday, where terrorism and gun smuggling are expected to top the agenda.

Algeria formally recognized Libya's interim ruling council last Thursday, but had angered the National Transitional Council (NTC) by granting safe haven to members of former leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

Algerian newspapers reported on Tuesday that part of the southern border with Libya, which stretches for hundreds of miles, could be closed, but so far the government had not taken any action.

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