ALGIERS, Algeria and Britain held the 8th session of the bilateral strategic security dialogue here Thursday, co-chaired by the Secretary General of Algeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Noureddine Ayadi, and the Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Alistair Burt.

The meeting focused on bilateral relations as well as conflicts and crises in the region and threats posed by the scourge of terrorism and transnational organized crime on regional stability and security.

The strategic security dialogue is an informal mechanism set up by the two countries to promote bilateral consultation and co-operation on regional and international security issues of common interest.

Burt, who is also Minister of State at the Department for International Development (DFID), said in a statement after a meeting with Minister of Interior, Local Authorities and National Planning Noureddine Bedoui that they discussed ways to broaden the bilateral partnership to other areas, especially trade, investment and economy.

He added that there would be other “more in-depth discussions” with other Algerian officials on security co-operation between the two countries. He said that this current visit to Algeria was aimed at strengthening bilateral co-operation in other areas.

Source: Nam News Network

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