ALGERIA, QATAR SIGN SECURITY-CO-OPERATIO PACT

DOHA, -- Algeria and Qatar have signed an agreement on experience-sharing and co-ordination in the security field, particularly in the fight against organized and cross-border crime.

The agreement was inked here Monday by Algerian Minister of Interior and Local Authorities Noureddine Bedoui and Qatar's Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

Present at the signing ceremony was the Director-General of Algeria's National Police, Major-General Abdelghani Hamel, who is accompanying Bedoui on his current working visit to Qatar.

In a media statement issued after the signing ceremony, Bedoui underlined that "the security agreement will give new impetus to co-operation between the two countries in various areas related to security in all its aspects".

"The scourge (organized crime) knows no borders, hence the need for co-operation between the security services of the two countries in the exchange of information and experience in various fields, including training," said the minister.

The signing of the agreement is in line with the directives of the leaders of the two countries, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the minister added.

Source: Nam News Network