Algerian, French attitudes on Libya 'closer': minister

2nd September 2011, Comments 0 comments

The positions of Algeria and France on the Libyan conflict have "drawn closer" following a conference on the country's future, Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci told the APS news agency on Friday.

Medelci was in Paris Thursday as envoys from more than 60 countries met to discuss practical support for the fledgling Libyan regime.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe had expressed regrets that Libya's neighbour had yet to recognise the National Transitional Council (NTC), saying Algeria had had an "ambiguous attitude" throughout the conflict.

Medelci told APS Friday: "I made contact with a number of people, including my French counterpart Alain Juppe, with whom I exchanged certain remarks on the positions expressed by Mr Juppe and myself through the French media that day.

"And he conceded that our positions were drawing closer in light of these media exchanges."

Medelci said ahead of the opening of the conference that there was no ambiguity regarding Algeria's position on Libya and that its neutrality was not synonymous with complicity with the Kadhafi regime.

He told Europe 1 radio on Thursday that the NTC had vowed to set up a "government representative of all regions", adding: "When it has done so, we'll recognise it."

Algeria angered Libya's new former rebel government on Saturday by allowing one of Kadhafi's wives and some of his children and grandchildren to cross the border and seek sanctuary from the manhunt targeting the ousted strongman.

© 2011 AFP

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