FM calls for resolution of conflicts in Africa to overcome resulting security challenges

ABIDJAN – Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel called, on Tuesday in Abidjan, for the resolution of conflicts in Africa, through peaceful solutions from the stakeholders, with a view to overcoming the resulting security
challenges faced by the African countries.
“Terrorism and related scourges, like organized crime and migration, are mainly due to the continuing crises and conflicts in Africa,” said Messahel in his address at the meeting of Foreign Affairs ministers of the African Union and the European Union, in preparation for the AU-EU Summit, to be held on 29 and 30 November.
He added that these crises require joint efforts to promote political solutions, based on the respect for the integrity and unity of countries in crisis.
“The scourges of terrorism and migration take advantage of the chaos and the absence of State to expand and regenerate,” said Messahel.
In this regard, he stressed the need to “strengthen and rebuild state institutions of some countries in crisis in order to address such challenges.”
As for counterterrorism, Messahel added that Algeria would present the memorandum of President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika on the African strategy for fight against terrorism and violent extremism as the AU Coordinator on this issue.
He also underlined the connection between terrorism and organized crime and the need for a comprehensive approach to address this aspect.
Messahel stressed the necessity for greater coordination and cooperation between the AU and the EU in the field with a view to effectively combating terrorism, violent extremism and organized crime.

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