6TH ALGERIA-NIGER BORDER COMMITTEE MEETING BEGINS IN ALGIERS

ALGIERS, The 6th session of the Algeria-Niger Border Committee has begun in Algiers with officials from the two countries expected to discuss many issues related to the enhancement of security and socio-economic cooperation along their common border.

The meeting opened here Sunday under the co-chairmanship of Algerian Minister of Interior, Local Authorities and National Planning Noureddine Bedoui and Niger’s Minister of State for the Interior, Public Security and Decentralization and Customary and Religious Affairs, Mohammed Bazoum.

A working group was established at the meeting made up of representatives of the two countries’ general directorate of planning and territorial activity, national agency for land planning tasked with socio-economic development at border regions, security and the cross-border movement of people, the enhancement of relations between both countries’ security services, combating all forms of crimes, facilitation of the movement of peoples and goods as well as illegal immigration.

Shortly before the meeting opened, Bedoui held talks with his Nigerien counterpart on the session’s agenda and bilateral co-operation in general.

The Border Committee was established under a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in October 1997 to boost co-operation between border towns through the enhancement of security co-operation at the common border, the movement of persons, illegal immigration, economic co-operation, sustainable development and socio-cultural co-operation.

Source: Nam News Network

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