Neighbours to meet in Algiers on Libya crisis

A picture taken on January 20, 2020, shows a view of Martyr's square in the Libyan capital Tripoli. (AFP)
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Updated 22 January 2020

Neighbours to meet in Algiers on Libya crisis

  • The foreign ministers of Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Chad and Niger as well as Mali are expected to attend the meeting

ALGIERS: Foreign ministers of states neighbouring Libya are to meet Thursday in Algiers as part of international efforts to reach a political settlement to the country's conflict, the foreign ministry announced.
The foreign ministers of Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Chad and Niger as well as Mali are expected to attend the meeting, organised at the initiative of Algiers, the ministry said in a statement.
It said the aim would be to advance "a political settlement to the crisis through an inclusive dialogue between all parties".
"The latest developments in Libya will be reviewed... to allow our Libyan brothers to resolve the crisis in their country free of interference of any kind."
Algeria, which has maintained a neutral stance between the warring parties, and Libya share a border of almost 1,000 kilometres (620 miles).
Algiers has hosted a string of foreign leaders and envoys for talks on the Libyan conflict, including Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and the top diplomats of Egypt, France, Italy and Turkey.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected in the Algerian capital on Sunday at the start of a two-day visit.
Last Sunday, world leaders at a meeting in Berlin committed to ending all foreign meddling in Libya and to uphold a weapons embargo as part of a broader plan to end the conflict.


Jordan to use drones, cameras to monitor curfew

Updated 06 April 2020

Jordan to use drones, cameras to monitor curfew

  • Jordan has declared five dead and 323 cases of the COVID-19
  • Authorities would take “the necessary measures against anyone violating” coronavirus regulations

AMMAN: Jordan said it is to use drones and surveillance cameras to monitor compliance with a nationwide curfew imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“The armed forces and security services will ensure the curfew is being respected by using modern technology such as drones and surveillance cameras,” the minister of state for information, Amjad Al-Adayleh, told a press briefing late Saturday.
Jordan has declared five dead and 323 cases of the COVID-19 illness.
Adayleh, who also serves as government spokesman, warned that authorities would take “the necessary measures against anyone violating decisions” taken to contain the outbreak.
Jordan says it has arrested at least 1,600 people for violating the curfew, which imposes heavy penalties and has been in force since last month.
It has sealed off the capital and all the country’s provinces, suspended flights in and out of Jordan, closed schools and banned all public gatherings.