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The German Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Niels Annen) is visiting Libya as part of a North African tour starting on Saturday.

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Tripoli, October 16, 2021 (LANA) - The Minister of State in the German Foreign Ministry "Niels Annen" will start a visit to Libya as part of his tour to North Africa starting today, Saturday, including Algeria and Tunisia.

According to the German Foreign Ministry, Minister Nils Annen will participate, during his visit to Libya, in an international conference in Tripoli hosted by Foreign Minister Najla Al-Manqoush, which will focus on preparations for the upcoming elections, necessary security sector reform and the indispensable withdrawal of all foreign fighters.

 In Algeria, the Minister will hold political consultations with government officials and meet with representatives of civil society. His agenda also includes a visit to a German-Algerian cultural project and a meeting with German mediator organizations.

While his visit to Tunisia - according to the ministry - will focus mainly on the recent political developments and the economic challenges the country is currently facing, and he will hold talks with representatives of the government, political parties in the country and members of civil society. A meeting with the partners of the Enhancement Partnership project of the German Foreign Ministry is also scheduled.

Before leaving for North Africa, the German Minister of State issued the following statement:

‘’The stability and economic development of North Africa and the political participation of its population are all factors of central importance to Germany and the European Union, so we hold political talks with relevant governments and representatives of civil society on a regular basis, in order to actively support these processes, by hosting the Libya Stability Conference in Tripoli, proving the country is taking its fate into its own hands once again’’.

‘’This is something we explicitly support and, moreover, strongly urge the withdrawal of foreign fighters from the country and the holding of national elections as scheduled’’.