Panafrican News Agency

Libyan Presidential Council member, Niger President hold talks in Niamey

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Vice President of the Libyan Presidential Council, Moussa al-Kouni, held talks on Monday in Niamey with the Nigerien President, Mohamed Bazoum, on security and military issues affecting the stability of the two countries and the region.

According to a Libyan statement, Mr. al-Kouni, who is in Niger for a two-day visit, expressed Libya's appreciation for the historical relations between the two neighbouring countries, despite the situation in Libya which has made Niger a transit corridor for migrants as well as smuggling, terrorism and crime.

He stressed that the issue of illegal immigration should be addressed through a common vision between the two countries, in cooperation with destination countries such as Italy, Germany and the European Union countries, by working to create spatial development in the countries of origin to reduce it.

For his part, President Bazoum welcomed the vision presented by Mr. al-Kouni to reduce immigration, stressing his country's support for its implementation on the ground for the benefit of both countries.

Migrants cross into southern Libya from Niger and then move to the coastal regions through channels ran by smuggling and human trafficking networks.

The Nigerien president hailed the efforts made by the Libyan Presidential Council since its assumption of affairs illustrated by the unification of state institutions, the ceasefire and the national reconciliation project, which paves the way for the holding of elections on 24 December this year.

He expressed support to the Libyan Presidential Council in all measures aimed at achieving stability and holding of elections on the scheduled date.

The meeting also focused on the implementation of the Quadripartite Agreement linking Libya, Niger, Chad and Sudan, which will directly contribute to solving many regional issues.

These relate to the fight against terrorism, illegal immigration and cross-border crimes, and working to end the presence of military formations that threaten the stability of the region and the option of integrating them into social life after their return to their country.

Mr. al-Kouni also stressed the importance of activating the Sahel-Saharan grouping (CEN-CAD), as it represents a regional force of global importance, and which gives the African continent its important strategic weight.

He said Libya was willing to revive the group to resume work from its headquarters in Tripoli.

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