ALGERIAN FOREIGN MINISTER HOLDS TALKS WITH ANTONIO GUTERRES IN BAMAKO

BAMAKO, Algerian Foreign Affairs Minister Abdelkader Messahel has held talks here with the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, regarding the situation in Mali, Libya and the Western Sahara.

Messahel, who was on a working visit to Mali, met Guterres Wednesday as the UN chief visited the country to show Solidarity with the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Mali on the occasion of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers on May 29.

Messahel reiterated Algeria’s commitment to the stability of Mali and the implementation of the Bamako Agreement on peace and reconciliation in Mali which Algeria facilitated in its capacity as leader of the international mediation effort.

In this regard, he emphasized the importance and role played by the UN Integrated Multi-dimensional Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in its efforts to stabilize Mali, the deadliest UN peacekeeping mission with 150 peacekeepers killed so far.

He added that Algeria was making major efforts to speed up the implementation of the agreement starting from its constant commitment to the return of stability and security to Mali.

The regular meetings of the follow-up committee on the implementation of the peace and reconciliation Agreement in Mali, which Algeria chairs, show our commitment, added Messahel.

Concerning the situation in Libya, the minister reaffirmed Algeria’s position in favour of the efforts of the UN and its special envoy for Libya, Ghassane Salame, and all efforts aimed at implementing its action plan and roadmap.

As for the Western Sahara, Messahel reiterated Algeria’s position in support of the efforts of the Secretary General and his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Horst Kohler, to resume, as soon as possible, in good faith and without prerequisites, direct negotiations between the two sides to the conflict to reach a fair and mutually acceptable political solution that enables the Sahrawi people to exercise their right to self-determination, in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council and General Assembly.

He reiterated Algeria’s commitment to accompany, as a neighbouring country, the efforts of the personal envoy Kohler.

Antonio Guterres thanked Messahel for Algeria’s active role in its region and its continued support to the regional stability and security.

Source: Nam News Network

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