UNITED NATIONS, Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel has held talks here over the weekend with his Irish and Cuban counterparts on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly now taking place here.

With his Irish counterpart, Simon Conveny, Messahel discussed bilateral relations and ways to strengthen them. Both ministers expressed their commitment to working together to boost bilateral co-operation and further diversify ties.

Relations between Algeria and the European Union (EU) were also discussed by the two ministers, who exchanged views on other issues of common interest, notably the reform of the United Nations and the UN Security Council as well as issues on the agenda of the current General Assembly.

In his meeting with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, they welcomed the quality of solidarity and friendship ties between the two countries by reiterating their commitment to further strengthen them.

The meeting also allowed the two ministers to broach international topical issues, notably the crises and conflicts in Mali, Libya, the Sahel and the issue of Western Sahara. They agreed to continue consultations both in terms of bilateral relations as well on regional and international issues of common interest.

On Saturday, Messahel addressed the UN General Assembly, saying that Algeria was the very first target of terrorism, a phenomenon which has become one of the world’s most destructive scourges.

Terrorism, of which Algeria was the very first target at the end of the last century, has become nowadays one the world’s most destructive scourges, he said during the UNGA general debate. Algeria, with great sacrifices, was able to address it alone by adopting an approach and measures which proved their effectiveness.

This experience, that we are ready to share, was based on the conviction that any strategy (to combat terrorism) must imperatively attack the root causes of this scourge and that it must be accompanied by a policy of a determined struggle against radicalization and violent extremism, he said.

He called on the international community to ensure that the struggle against this scourge is accompanied by de-radicalization measures and a real promotion of policies advocating the principle of living together.