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Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtae Lamamra said on Monday that his country was not ready to coordinate with renegade Libyan general Khalifa Haftar, whose forces have been battling militias incorporated into Libya's regular army.
"Algeria is not ready to coordinate with" the general, Lamamra told reporters on the sidelines of a ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement.
"This is an internal issue. Algeria will not change its policy of non-interference in the affairs of brotherly and friendly countries," he said.
Haftar, once an opponent of late Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, has recently declared war on the armed militias that ousted Gaddafi in 2011.
The renegade general says his campaign aims to purge the country of "extremists."
Haftar has even turned against Libya's interim parliament and new Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq, urging Libya's Supreme Judiciary Council to form a transitional government to oversee fresh parliamentary polls.
Many political circles in Libya, however, considered Haftar's move a "coup."
Addressing the Libyan people on television several times in the past week, Haftar has said that he would attempt to obtain Algerian support for his ongoing campaign.
Lamamra reiterated his country's "solidarity with the Libyan people."Last Mod: 26 Mayıs 2014, 17:58