Algeria a key player in regional stability, says Erdoğan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday said Algeria played a key role in the stability of the region, referring to the escalating conflict in Libya that has threatened to become a chaotic proxy war.

Erdoğan arrived in Algeria on Sunday for a two-day visit centred on war-torn Libya and on boosting economic cooperation. 

“The international community has failed in Libya,” Erdoğan said in brief remarks upon arrival in the country, adding, “Algeria is an important country in the stability of the region.”

“All of the developments in Libya directly affect Algeria,’’ Tukish news site NTV quoted Erdoğan as saying.

”We are determined to stand by our Libyan brothers,” he said later during a press conference with his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune following their bilateral meeting in the capital Algiers.

"We fully support the political process embraced by Libyans and led by the U.N. to achieve cease-fire,” he said, referring to the deal reached following a summit on Libya attended by world leaders in Berlin earlier this month.

Algeria has stepped-up in efforts to bring peace in Libya, where two rival factions backed by foreign countries, the U.N-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) are fighting for control.  

While Turkey and its regional ally Qatar back the GNA government in Libya, Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), based in the east of the oil-rich country, receives support from Turkey’s regional rivals Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. 

Erdoğan also said the two leaders discussed increasing trade volume between the countries to $ 5 billion, stating Turkish investments in the north African country had reached 3.5 billion, Turkish NTV reported. 

The Turkish president is set to travel to Gambia and Senegal next as part of an Africa tour.