APS : Saturday, 29 July 2017
ALGIERS- Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdelkader Messahel affirmed Friday, in Algiers, that Algeria will continue to be Mali’s loyal partner to restore peace and security,
calling the Malians to embrace the peace process of the country.
“Algeria will continue to be a loyal partner for Mali and Malians,” Messahel told the press following an audience granted to his Malian counterpart Abdoulaye Diop, as part of the 12th Algerian-Malian Bilateral Strategic Committee which is held in Algiers.
Messahel added that he broached with Diop the need for the Malians to “embrace this process which is theirs as Mali’s future is in the hands of the Malians,” pointing out that Algeria “will contribute to make from this notion a reality,” adding that that there is no alternative to dialogue and national reconciliation.
“We are committed to supporting Mali in this process,” insisted Messahel, adding that “there are UN’s responsibilities, those of other partners of Mali but we must have the same agenda, that of preserving unity, territorial and national integrity of Mali,” underlining that Algeria “encourages the Malians to ensure that the dialogue be inclusive and to be based on the implementation of the Agreement of Bamako, stemmed from Algiers’ process.”
In this regard, he said that an agreement “is not worthwhile without its implementation which remains related to the willingness of the partners and signatories,” calling for a relationship of trust between the stakeholders, which can be established only if “there is a real inter-Malian dialogue.”
Messahel said that he broached with Diop issues relating to terrorism, smuggling, organized crime and illegal migration.
For his part, the Malian official “welcomed Algeria’s major role in the peace process in Mali,” underlining that “regardless of the importance of the role of Algeria, it cannot do what the Malians themselves must do.”
While pointing out that the Algerian-Malian Bilateral Strategic Committee “is an opportunity for the two countries to find a framework of consultations reflecting the specificity of their relations,” Diop said that Algeria “is not an ordinary country for Mali,” expressing the hope that “Algeria, under the leadership of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will continue to work with Mali in the interest of the two countries, notably for the Malian side, so that it can “turn the dark pages of the past few years.”
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