Diplomatic sources in Algeria revealed that Algiers is pressuring the African Union to send forces to Libya to help enforce a ceasefire. The aim of this is reportedly to limit Turkish influence, which has increased as of late, in the neighbouring country. High level meetings, pushed by Algerian Prime Minister Djerad and Foreign Minister Boukadoum, were held in Republic of Congo recently to discuss this issue.
The African Union members are said to largely agree to this suggestion. The next step, according to the sources, would be to present the proposal to the two sides. However, Haftar does not have a close relationship with Algeria, whom he sees as “biased” in favour of the GNA, and may reject this.
Algeria is said to be seeking a way to increase its influence in Libya, with a goal to limit foreign interference. The AU force would work under UN auspices. Algeria has also offered to host reconciliation talks to end the ongoing conflict.