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Algeria pushes for national dialogue in Libya

Algeria says it will endeavor to host a Libyan national dialogue in October month, hoping to end the violence and rejecting calls for foreign military intervention.
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (L), Algerian former President Chadli Bendjedid (R) and leader of the Islamist Ennahda movement Rached Ghannouchi (C) pray during the funeral of the first President of independent Algeria Ahmed Ben Bella at Al Alia Cemetery in Algiers April 13, 2012. Ahmed Ben Bella helped lead Algeria's fight for independence from France and after victory became its first president, a figure who symbolised the romance of the national liberation struggle before the harsh reality of ru
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ALGIERS, Algeria — Algeria has found in the United States an unexpected ally supporting its stance against military intervention in Libya. Washington has also backed Algeria’s attempts to begin a national dialogue between Libyans, just as it did in Mali. Algeria sought the help of Tunisian Islamist leader Rachid Ghannouchi to push Libyan Islamists to participate in the dialogue set for sometime in October.

Algeria, which has deployed large numbers of troops to secure its southern and eastern borders with Libya and Tunisia following the rise of Islamist militants, has publicly opposed talk of Western military intervention in Libya following the recent battles among militias in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

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