ALGERIA, NIGER EXPRESS COMMITMENT TO BOOSTING TIES

ALGIERS,-- Algeria and Niger have expressed their readiness and commitment to further strengthening bilateral relations and fostering co-operation in various fields.

"We are very pleased about the quality of co-operation between Niger and Algeria, especially in the security field," Niger's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Co-operation, African Integration and Nigeriens Abroad, Ibrahim Yacoubou, told the media after discussions with Algerian Minister of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Ramtane Lamamra here Wednesday.

"We are neighbouring countries and we intend to assume this responsibility, especially in terms of border security. As such, we have built exemplary co-operation," Yacoubou said.

He underlined that "Algeria has done a lot for Niger in the management of security issues", adding that the two countries had agreed to deepen their security co-operation to cope with the different challenges facing them.

The fifty-year old bilateral relations are "very good" and will be further strengthened, he said, adding that co-operation between the two countries had developed at the political level with harmonious positions, as well as in the fields of training and higher education.

"We aim at encouraging Algerian operators to invest in Niger, which offers huge potentialities and prospects," said Yacoubou.

Lamamra underlined the relations of friendship, good neighbourliness and co-operation between Algeria and Niger. "We have always significantly contributed to the resolution of crises on the continent," he added.

In this regard, Lamamra said that the participation of Niger in the international mediation team for Mali was remarkable. "Together we have helped our Malian brothers, neighbours of both countries, to overcome the difficult crisis and open up to new prospects," he added.

"In addition to the security issue, which remains a major concern, we have also the priorities of development," noted Lamamra. To that end, "we should manage to produce together, prosper together and to consume products of our economies", he added.

Lamamra called for "speeding things up and inviting economic operators of the two countries to develop a wealth-generating partnership".

Source: Name News Network