Saudi Arabia reiterates full support for Libya

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As the UN is preparing to add Ansar al-Sharia on the list of terrorist organizations, Saudi Arabia has expressed its full support for the stability and security of Libya.

Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Dairi said the talks held by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani in Saudi Arabia during the past two days “were positive, and Saudi Arabia has renewed its full support for the legitimacy in Libya and for the measures taken to support security and stability in the country.”

Dairi expressed regret about the security events in the country and the targeting of the Egyptian and United Arab Emirates embassies. He said the United Nations would add “Ansar al-Sharia to its list of terrorist organizations.”

Thani held talks on Nov. 13 with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, Second Crown Prince Muqrin Bin Abdul Aziz and Chief of General Intelligence Prince Khalid bin Bandar. According to the official Saudi news agency, the talks focused on “regional matters and issues of common interest.”

The Libyan foreign minister confirmed over the phone from London to Al-Hayat on Nov. 13 that the visit of Thani was “successful, and the kingdom expressed its full support for the security and stability of the political situation in Libya. We appreciate the position and the role played by the Saudi government with regard to the legitimacy represented by the parliament and the interim government emanating from it.”

Dairi pointed out that the visit was planned in advance and was not a surprise, adding, “The visit comes within the framework of close cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Libya at a critical time since the July developments in Libya and the operations that affected the security and stability of the capital, Tripoli.”

Dairi expressed his regret about the terrorist acts against the headquarters of the UAE and Egyptian embassies, and said, “This is appalling and criminal, and we stand with Abu Dhabi and Cairo in their positions that are supportive of the legitimacy in Libya and the security and stability of the country, and we expressed our solidarity with the UAE and Egypt through contacts with the foreign ministers of the two countries. This indicates the presence of terrorist organizations that not only target the Libyans, but Arab countries as well, which portends the escalation of terrorism in the country.”

Concerning the Saudi training of Libyan officers, he said, “The kingdom is concerned with Egypt, Jordan, the UAE and other friendly countries. No soldiers have been sent yet for training in Saudi Arabia, but we will meet this demand at the earliest opportunity. As soon as things calm down, we will send officers and soldiers from the Libyan army to be trained in Saudi Arabia in order to increase their potential.” The Libyan army is fighting “a just war against terrorism, and specifically against Ansar al-Sharia,” he added.

Dairi called on Qatar to “follow the example of Sudan and Turkey in support of Libyan legitimacy,” and said, “We hope that the Qatari position will change toward the support of stability in Libya. We heard about this from Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah, but tangible results are yet to be felt, and we hope that there will be concrete steps to support stability and security in Libya.” He stressed that the UN will hold a special session on Libya this month during which “Ansar al-Sharia group will be announced as a terrorist organization.”

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