Minister of State Annen in North Africa
The stability of North Africa, its economic development and the political participation of its people are all of paramount importance to Germany and the European Union.
BERLIN, Germany, October 16, 2021 / APO Group / –
The Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Ministry, Niels Annen, will embark today (October 16) on a trip to North Africa, with stops in Algeria, Tunisia and Libya.
In Algeria, he will hold political consultations with government officials and meet representatives of civil society. Its agenda also includes a visit to a German-Algerian cultural project and a meeting with German intermediary organizations.
His visit to Tunisia will focus mainly on recent political developments and the economic challenges the country is currently facing. Here, too, Minister of State Annen will meet with representatives of the government, the country’s political parties and members of civil society. A meeting with the partners of the Ta’ziz Partnership project of the Federal Foreign Office is also planned.
In Libya, Minister of State Annen will participate in Tripoli in an international conference organized by Libyan Foreign Minister Mangoush. The conference will focus on preparations for the upcoming elections, the necessary reform of the security sector and the necessary withdrawal of all foreign fighters.
Before leaving for North Africa, the Minister of State made the following statement:
The stability of North Africa, its economic development and the political participation of its people are all of paramount importance to Germany and the European Union. We therefore regularly conduct political discussions with the respective governments and representatives of civil society, in order to actively support these processes. By hosting the Libyan Stabilization Conference in Tripoli, the country is showing that it is taking its destiny back in hand. This is something that we expressly support; furthermore, we urge that foreign fighters be withdrawn from the country and that national elections be held as scheduled.