APS : Monday, 25 April 2016
DAMASCUS- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel underlined, Monday in Damascus, the need to combine efforts to counter terrorism, insisting on the preservation of social cohesion and the resolution of conflicts through peaceful means.
In his opening address at the meeting of the Algerian-Syrian Cooperation Monitoring Committee, he co-chaired with Syrian Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade Hammam al-Jazairi, Messahel reaffirmed “Algeria’s support to Syria in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism.”
He also reiterated Algeria’s support to Syria, which is facing a “terrorist aggression aiming at destroying the foundations of the State, seizing power by force and spreading terror.”
In this regard, Messahel recalled that Algeria “has suffered from the throes of terrorism for over a decade.”
“Our experience shows that the Syrian crisis can be resolved only through national inclusive dialogue in order to end violence, ensure the preservation of integrity, stability and cohesion of Syria and protect it against any foreign interventions,” said the minister.
Algeria “is following with great interest the rounds of the UN-sponsored Syrian talks,” said Messahel, adding that he was convinced that Syria “will overcome its ordeal and will move towards prosperity for the achievement of the aspiration of its people for peace, stability and national reconciliation.”
Messahel also underlined Algeria’s support to the legitimate rights of the Syrian State to recover the occupied Arab Golan, within the borders of 4 June 1964, and to those of the Palestinian people for the establishment of an independent State with al-Quds as its capital.