ALGERIA STRESSES TOTAL CONSISTENCY OF VIEW WITH NIGER ON COUNTER-TERRORISM

ALGIERS, -- Algeria's Minister of Maghreb, African Union (AU) and Arab League Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, has underlined the total consistency of views between Algeria and Niger in the fight against terrorism and illegal immigration.

"They are issues that have been the subject of broad exchange of views and as usual, our views are totally consistent," Messahel told the media after his meeting here Sunday with the visiting Nigerien Minister of State and Minister of Interior, Public Security, Decentralization and Customary and Religious Affairs, Mohamed Bazoum.

Messahel said he broached with Bazoum issued related to bilateral relations, especially those involving the challenges the two countries faced in the sub-region, "whether they are terrorism, illegal immigration or large trafficking challenges".

He added that in the face of these challenges, there was a need to strengthen dialogue between the two countries underlining that "they concern everyone and even go past our borders".

"When we talk about terrorism and migration, they are issues that are on the agenda of the United Nations. And again, we must have a sub-regional strategy so that we can defend our points of view together, whether it is in the UN or in international fora and also with other partners, notably the Europeans," he said.

Bazoum stressed the need for cooperation between Niger and Algeria to enable the two countries to effectively face the challenges they had in common.

He added that the meeting was an opportunity to broach regional security issues and to think about acting together "as we have done up until now".

Bazoum was also received Sunday by Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and the two sides assessed bilateral relations, local development and cross-border relations with the view of strengthening them.

The Prime Minister expressed Algeria's willingness to strengthen bilateral co-operation, notably in the field of training and multiform exchanges to make from the sub-region a zone of peace, security and development. Also present was Algerian Minister of Interior and Local Authorities Noureddine Bedoui.

Source: Name News Network