ALGERIAN PM CALLS FOR COMMON SECURITY STARTEGY FOR NORTH AFRICA

NIAMEY, NIGER, — Algerian Prime Minister Abdelamlek Sellal has called for a common strategy against insecurity in the North West African sub-region, stressing that the terrorist threat is hampering the implementation of the co-operation steps planned by Algeria and Niger.

“The terrorist threat, hindering the implementation of co-operation actions agreed upon by our two countries, deserves to be at the centre of our common strategy against insecurity in the sub-region,” Sellal said in an opening address at the Algerian-Niger high-level joint commission here Thursday.

Their common border area, which is a “bridge for the promotion of friendship, fraternity, co-operation and complementarity,” faces various “security challenges that are mainly due to terrorist groups fed by relating scourges, especially drug trafficking”, he noted.

The joint commission session was co-chaired by Sellal and his Nigerien counterpart, Brigi Rafini. The closed-door session assessed the state of bilateral relations and co-operation and defined ways to inject more dynamism to these relations, given the quality of the political relations between the two countries.

The two sides broached issues of common interest, notably those relating to development stakes and challenges in the region as well as to the conditions of the evolution of security situation in the sub-region.

Also on Thursday, Sellal held talks with Rafini on ways to strengthen bilateral co-operation to raise them to the level and quality of the political relations between the two countries..

The discussions were held in the presence of Algerian Minister of Maghreb, African Union and Arab League Affairs Abdelkader Messahel, Minister of Interior and Local Authorities Noureddine Bedoui, Minister of Post and Communication and Information Technologies Houda Imane Faraoun and members of Niger’s government.

Source: NAM News Network

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