Algeria Initiative on Libya Welcome

Algeria Initiative on Libya Welcome
Algeria Initiative on Libya Welcome

The foreign ministry spokeswoman has welcomed Algeria's plan to mediate national dialogue in Libya aimed at ending months-long violence between rival militants.

Marzieh Afkham said Iran throws its weight behind the Algerian plan and expressed hope that the initiative would contribute to establishment of peace and stability in Libya and North Africa, IRNA reported.

The remarks on Saturday came in response to Algeria's earlier announcement to host talks this month between rival Libyan parties to the ongoing conflict to solve the crisis.

Nearly three years after the fall of former ruler Muammar Gaddafi in a popular uprising in 2011, Libya is in a state of chaos and turmoil.

As recently as Friday, at least 29 Libyan soldiers were killed and 60 wounded in fresh clashes with militants in the eastern city of Benghazi.

The country currently has two competing parliaments and governments. In August, the government and elected House of Representatives relocated to Tobruk after militants took control of most of the capital and government institutions.

The previous Libyan parliament, dominated by members sympathetic to militants, continues to meet in Tripoli even though the representatives were supposed to step down after the June election.