ALGERIAN PM RECEIVES UN SPECIAL REP FOR MALI

ALGIERS, -- Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal has held talks here with the visiting Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and head of the UN Multi-Dimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), Mahamat Salah Annadif.

A statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister after Thursday's meeting said they discussed the situation in the sub-region and the agenda for the implementation of the Algiers Agreement for peace and reconciliation in Mali signed last year.

The two sides "reiterated the firm willingness of Algeria and the UN to back efforts made by the Malian government and other Malian parties to restore peace and stability for the economic and social development of the sub-region", the statement added.

Also present at the meeting was Algerian Minister of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Ramtane Lamamra.

During his separate meeting with Lamamra, Annadif said they discussed the issues of terrorism, extremism and the Malian issue.

He added that Algeria is "one of the key players" in this part of the Sahel-Sahelian strip in terms of the fight against these scourges. He reiterated Algeria's role and its involvement "as a major neighbouring country" and as head of the international mediation process which led to the signing of the Malian peace agreement.

"It is true that for some time, the agreement makes no progress. I came to discuss with the Algerian authorities to see what we could do to move it forward," he said.

Source: Nam News Network