TUNIS, March 10 (NNN-APS) — Algeria and Tunisia are strongly and totally co-ordinating their efforts to counter security threats, says Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal who stresses that the two countries will enjoy stability and security, whatever the price.

In a media statement issued here Thursday following the 21st Algerian-Tunisian High Joint Commission meeting, he added that relations linking the two countries were excellent at all levels, particularly in the security field which has just been reinforced by another agreement.

In this regard, he added that Algeria had offered its national reconciliation experience to the Tunisian side. He noted that national reconciliation helped in re-uniting the Algerian people who had witnessed the throes of terrorism which claimed more than 200,000 victims.

Regarding the role of citizens in the fight against terrorism, the Prime Minister deemed it imperative to improve the living conditions of the people living in the border areas, while announcing several joint projects with Tunsia along their common border.

We have agreed to launch a project to supply the Tunisian city of Sakiet Sidi Youcef with Algerian gas, he announced, welcoming the positive impact of such a project on all regions of the border strip.

According to Sellal, his current visit also allowed him to re-affirm Algeria’s support to Tunisia. “It is time for both countries to develop a common geo-strategic vision in the region that includes the economic and security aspects,” he said.

“Security and peace must be restored in the Sahel region and we must combine our efforts to settle the Libyan crisis,” he added, reaffirming that the only possible solution in Libya was a Libyan policy on consensus.

Tunisian Prime Minister Youcef Chahed praised the level of security co-ordination between his country and Algeria, noting that the two countries had achieved great success in the fight against terrorism.

By signing the security agreement, the two countries, which are facing the same challenges, gave special interest to strengthening co-ordination and exchanges of experience and expertise.

Chahed said Thursday’s meeting was an occasion to recall the long-standing relations between Algeria and Tunisia and to discuss questions of security, economy, the development of border areas and tourism.

Tunisia “has made great efforts to restore stability” in the country but “vigilance remains essential to counter the terrorist threat”, Chahed concluded.

Source: Nam News Network

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