The development of border areas between Algeria and Libya was part of the discussions held during the last visit of Algeria’s Minister for Maghreb Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel in Tripoli.
“This visit has renewed the support of Algeria to the efforts for the recovery of peace, security, and stability in Libya, and also to identify avenues for cooperation that will help to rebuild the country,” Messahel said in a recent radio broadcast.
The Algerian diplomat stressed the importance of both countries developing border areas once “the national unity government is installed permanently in Tripoli,” and said “the areas will serve as bridges between the two countries.”
Algeria hosted several rounds of UN-brokered Libyan peace talks that helped pave the way for a December power-sharing deal under which the Government of National Accord was formed.
Algeria–Libya relations are longstanding between the two neighbouring North African Maghreb states, although they are considerably strained by tensions between the revolutionary National Transitional Council of Libya and the single-party autocracy of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria. Bilateral relations were generally amicable during Muammar Gaddafi’s 41-year rule of Libya.
In 1988, Libya was invited to participate in the Inter-Maghrib commission that was responsible for developing the North African Union. The establishment of the UMA in February 1989 marked the first formal political or economic collaboration between the two neighbours.