Algiers and Washington to Fight Against Arms Trafficking from Libya
Algiers - Algeria and the United States wish to join forces to prevent arms smuggling from Libya following the conflict in that country, including the presence of terrorist groups of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, very active in the region of the Sahel.
- The U.S. deputy Secretary of State for the Near East and North Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, who is on a visit to Algiers, said at a press conference that the U.S. wanted to strengthen their cooperation with Algeria in this direction, to prevent the trafficking of weapons from Libya.
- Feltman was received by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Mourad Medelci, Minister of Foreign Affairs with whom he discussed the problem of the proliferation of weapons which represents a great danger to the Sahel region affected by the presence of the terrorist organization of Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb AQIM.
- Stockpile of the former Libyan regime, looted during the conflict against the fighters of NTC, could already be in the hands of al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb and other armed extremist groups, had warned officials of UN after the death of Qaddafi.
- "We understand that Algeria finds that it is in her interest to see a successful transition in Libya that is credible and strong," said Feltman.
- Wednesday, Medelci said that Algeria had informal relations with the Libyan National Transition Council NTC, which became official today.
- Ennaharonline/ M. O.