Algeria to help Libya create army, police

2012-03-09 15:28

Algiers - Algeria will help Libya to create an army and a police force, Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci said on Thursday, three days after a visit to Tripoli where he had talks with his Libyan counterpart.

"The talks [with Libya's new leaders] touched on how to help them create an army and police," Medelci said on the sidelines of celebrations marking International Women's Day which were attended by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Medelci said he also discussed the security situation on the two country's long border with Libyan Foreign Minister Ashur bin Khayyal.

"Libya has the means to leave this transition period behind it, and we will help it as much as we can," APS news agency quoted Medelci as saying.

Medelci said he told Libya's new leaders that those members of the family of late leader Muammar Gaddafi who sought refuge in Algeria will not be able "to touch a single hair of the Libyan people".

Algeria "received them for humanitarian reasons", he had said in Tripoli, declining to answer if Algeria was being asked to hand over family members.

Algeria gave shelter last August to Gaddafi’s daughter Aisha, her brother Hannibal, their mother Safiya – Gaddafi’s second wife - and the former strongman's eldest son Mohammed.

Aisha angered her hosts in November when she called for the overthrow of Libya's interim government.

  • Anthony - 2012-03-09 18:53

    Great, Libya needs all the help it can get. It is a massive tusk to start rebuilding this country from scratch, after that TERRORIST gaddafi, destroyed most of its infrastructure. But Mr Medelci, please tell that gaddafi rot hiding in your country , to return the stolen loot to the rightful owners, the Libyan people. The gaddafies stole BILLIONS US, even when they were on the run , like RATS, they would stop off at banks on their way to the border, and "rob" the banks of cash, gold,and whatever their dirty hands could lay on. Bloody rubbish !!!!!!

      Fred - 2012-03-09 23:59

      He's not far wrong Patrick.

      Anthony - 2012-03-10 00:41

      On the run, the body guards of these gaddafi RATS , robbed a bank in Sirte, and another on the way to the Niger border !!!

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