Algeria, “key partner” for security in Mediterranean region (NATO)


APS : Monday, 12 October 2015

ALGIERS-Algeria is a “key partner” in the establishment of security in the maritime field in the Mediterranean region, Captain of Standing NATO’s permanent Mine Countermeasures Group-2 (SNMCMG-2) Ramazan Kesgin stressed Monday.
“The Group considers Algeria as a key partner in terms of cooperation with the Mediterranean countries for the establishment of security in the maritime field,” stressed Kesgin at a press conference held at the Group’s shipboard.
Focusing on cooperation in the field of counterterrorism in the Mediterranean region, he said that the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) is “always ready to cooperate and participate with Algeria in the fight against terrorism at sea.”
Besides, Kesgin announced six exercises are scheduled between the Group’s ships and the Algerian naval forces to “enhance comprehension and interoperability between various naval forces to better counter various scourges, including terrorism.”
He added these manoeuvres will allow to “building up” experiences acquired through the already performed exercises and improve the methods used in counterterrorism.
Four naval units belonging to the Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group TWO (SNMCMG-2) docked Monday in Algiers port as part of the military cooperation between Algeria and NATO.
Composed of four ships (two Turkish, one Spanish and one German) including three Countermeasures ships, the group will pay a two-day visit to Algiers.

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