APS : Wednesday, 18 January 2017
ALGIERS- The 2nd Algeria-France Strategic Dialogue on political and security issues takes place Wednesday in Paris under the co-chairmanship of the Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel and the national intelligence coordinator Yann Jounot.
Messahel, who leads the Algerian delegation, will hold talks in the afternoon with French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean Marc Ayrault.
The first session of the consultation meeting between the two countries, co-chaired by the Abdelkader Messahel and former national intelligence coordinator Didier Le Bret took place on 30 May in Algiers.
The meeting is part of high-level bilateral consultations between Algeria and France.
During the talks, which will be held in camera, the two sides “will exchange views on the experience of the two countries in the fight against violent extremism and terrorism,” the Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement.
“The two delegations will also discuss regional and international security issues of common interest, particularly those related to the developments of the situation in Libya, Mali, Syria and Sahel,” added the Ministry’s statement.
The Algerian delegation is made up of representatives of the ministries of Foreign Affairs, National Defence and the General Staff of the People’s National Army (ANP) Interior and Local Authorities, Justice, Post and Information and Communication Technologies, and the Army staff, said the statement.
No information has filtered from the French side on the agenda of this meeting.
During the first session of the Algeria-France Strategic Dialogue, members of both delegations had examined stability in the region, particularly the situation in Libya, Tunisia, the Sahel region and Western Sahara.
Both sides had also broached counterterrorism and means to strengthen cooperation in this field through the exchange of experience.