ALGIERS, — Minister of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Ramtane Lamamra will lead the Algerian delegation to the 13th Conference of Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Western Mediterranean Countries (5 5 Dialogue) in Marseilles, France, on Friday.

Ministers representing member countries of the 5 5 Dialogue — Algeria, Libya, Mauritani, Morocco and Tunisia from the African side and France, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain from Europe — will discuss regional and international issues of common interest at the sub-regional forum, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here said in a statement Wednesday.

These include issues such as the situation in Libya, Syria and Iraq, security, the fight against terrorism, development and co-operation, employment, youth and climate challenges with the prospect of the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Algeria, which attaches particular importance to this dialogue framework in the Western Mediterranean, “will seize this opportunity to reiterate its traditional position supporting the promotion of good neighbourhood ties and consolidation of cooperation and partnership relations between member states”, the statement added.

“Algeria, known for its dynamism, distinguished itself with initiatives aiming at broadening co-operation areas. In fact, these initiatives culminated in the adoption of a Water Strategy in the Western Mediterranean on 31 March 2015.”

On this occasion, “Algeria will also advocate strengthening political dialogue and co-operation to meet common challenges facing the region.”

Following the conference, “Algeria will assume the next co-chairmanship of the 5 5 Dialogue (Southern shore) for two years”, the statement said.

Source: Nam News Network

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