ALGIERS, — The Algerian top diplomat will kick off on Monday a two-day working visit in the Malian capital Bamako to boost peace in Northern Mali, Foreign Ministry said.

Ramtane Lamamra, Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, will co-chair with his Malian counterpart Abdoulaye Diop the 11th bilateral strategic committee for Northern Mali, it said.

The meeting coincides with the first anniversary of the completion of the signing of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali, after talks held in Algiers by Malian warrant parties last year.

This meeting will be an opportunity for Algeria and Mali to “assess the progress in terms of the implementation of this peace agreement and to identify ways to boost it,” noted the source.

The Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali was signed in Mid-2015 by the Malian warrant parties after five rounds of talks held in Algiers.

The agreement aims at ending hostilities and launching development programs in the troubled Northern Mali, as well as restoring peace and stability to the nation.

Meanwhile, the total number of refugees reached 33,000 people in Burkina Faso, of which 32,229 Malian citizens as of May this year, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.

This year, Burkina Faso has set to organize official celebration of the World Refugee Day that falls on June 20 in the northern part of the country where most of Malian refugees found home.

As Mali and Burkina Faso share border, the unrest situation in the country, since 2012, caused many of its citizens to move to the neighboring Burkina Faso.

To date, refugees obtain support from World food program that recently said it needs 2.5 million U.S. dollars of emergency aid to provide assistance to Malian refugees.

Source: Name News Network

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