BAMAKO,– The 2th session of Algeria-Mali Border Committee has wrapped up here with the signing of a joint statement in which the two sides hailed the close co-operation between the two countries, and called to further develop their common border regions.

The session of the committee held here Thursday was co-chaired by Algerian Minister of Interior and Local Authorities Noureddine Bedoui and Mali’s Minister of Territorial Administration, Idrissa Maiga.

The joint statement said the two sides agreed to relaunch consultations between walis and governors of the regions concerned. In this regard, a meeting will be held in December 2016 in Algeria, either in Adrar or Tamanrasset.

The two sides also agreed to hold the 13th session of the committee in Algeria in 2017.

They reiterated their satisfaction at the signing of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali, resulting from the Algiers Process, and underlined the “close co-operation, based on the promotion of peace and reconciliation in Mali, through the implementation of the Agreement”.

They also emphasized the need to adapt their co-operation actions in border regions to the objectives of the agreement, said the joint statement.

Mali reiterated its acknowledgment of Algeria’s role, under the leadership of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in the promotion of peace and reconciliation in Mali.

The Algerian side reiterated Algeria’s commitment to continuing to assist Mali in its efforts to strengthen peace and national reconciliation.

The two ministers expressed their deep concern over the continued security threats in the Sahel-Saharan region, especially the scourges of terrorism and transnational organized crime, which are jeopardizing stability of the States and cohesion of the societies in the region.

In this regard, they underlined the need to join efforts to effectively counter these threats, added the joint statement.

During the meeting, the two delegations examined thoroughly bilateral border co-operation in priority fields, namely agriculture, fishing, trading, energy, mining, transports and public works, in addition to the sectors of information and communication technology, health, education, culture, sports, tourism, craft industry, water resources, vocational training, religious affairs, territorial administration, security and free movement of persons and goods.


Source: Name News Network

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