During an interview with Al-Jazeera, Abdelmadjid Tebboune returned to a series of international subjects including the Libyan dossier. He assured that Algeria would have intervened if Tripoli was taken by the forces of Marshal Haftar.
In an interview with Qatari channel Al-Jazeera broadcast on June 8, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said his country was ready to “intervene in one way or another” in Libya if the forces of Marshal Khalifa Haftar managed to occupy Tripoli at the end of an offensive launched in April 2019 and stopped dead in June 2020 after the successive victories of the forces of the Government of National Union (GNA) recognized by the international community.
“We do not accept that the capital of a Maghreb and African country is occupied by mercenaries. We were going to intervene, ”declared the Algerian president, warning in passing that“ Tripoli is a red line ”in the Libyan conflict. “When we said ‘it’s a red line’, the message got there and Tripoli was not occupied,” he added.
To the journalist’s question on the nature of the intervention, Abdelmadjid Tebboune did not give details but assured that Algiers could not remain “hands crossed”.
As reported by the TSA site, the Algerian presidency had already indicated in January 2020 that it considered the Libyan capital to be “a red line, which no one should cross” after a meeting between Abdelmadjid Tebboune Fayez al-Serraj, then in the head of the GNA.
Recently, thanks to the change in the Algerian Constitution adopted on November 1, 2020, the army may be required to intervene beyond borders. “Within the framework of respect for the principles and objectives of the United Nations, the African Union and the Arab League”. The new version of the Constitution authorizes the supreme head of the armed forces (the president) and the Minister of Defense to commit troops with the approval of two-thirds of Parliament.