Messahel underlines total consistency of views between Algeria, Niger in counterterrorism

August 21st, 2016

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Sunday, 21 August 2016 19:04

ALGIERS- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel underlined Sunday, in Algiers, the “total” consistency of views between Algeria and Niger in the fights against terrorism and illegal immigration.

“They are issues that have been the subject of broad exchange of views and as usual, our views are totally consistent,” Messahel told the press at the end of his meetings with Niger’s Minister of State, Minister of Interior, Public Security, Decentralization and Customary and religious Affairs, Mohamed Bazoum.

Messahel said that he broached with Bazoum, the bilateral relations, especially the issues relating to the challenges that “we face in the sub-region, whether they are terrorism, illegal immigration or large trafficking challenges.”

He added that, in the face of these challenges, there is a need to strengthen dialogue between the two countries underlining that “they concern everyone and even go past our borders.”

“When we talk about terrorism and migration, they are issues that are on the agenda of the United Nations. And again, we must have a sub-regional strategy so that we could defend our points of view together, whether it is in the UN or in international foras and also with other partners, notably Europeans,” he said.

For his part, Bazoum underlined the need for cooperation between Niger and Algeria in order to “allow us to effectively face the challenges that we have in common.”

He added that this meeting was an opportunity to broach regional security issues and to think about acting together “as we have done up until now.”