President Tebboune: Terrorism can only be defeated through fight against extremist groups, prevention

APS : Sunday, 06 February 2022

ADDIS ABABA- President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune called Sunday for an approach based on the fight against extremist groups, prevention and the efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism throughout Africa.
In his capacity as coordinator of the African Union on prevention and the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, President Tebboune, in his report presented by the minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra, at the AU Summit in Addis Ababa, said the ” the battle against terrorism and violent extremism can’t be won without a comprehensive approach that goes beyond the security dimension, to address the structural factors and root causes of radicalization and violent extremism.”
He stressed that “Algeria has always pleaded in favour of global and integrated approaches and strategies, to better address and fight terrorism and crime at both national and international levels.”
“My country proposed in 2021 a new African approach, likely to frame and stimulate the prevention and fight against this scourge, through a letter addressed to the previous African Union Chairman, Mr. Felix Tshisekedi Tshilombo, the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo.”
The new African approach proposed by Algeria aims to “stimulate collective efforts to prevent and fight against terrorism and violent extremism, taking into account the situation of instability in the Sahelo-Saharan region and the aggravation of the terrorist threat, and other related threats, in several regions of the continent.”
The new vision, the head of State said, is “based on a series of proposals, aimed at enhancing the collective efforts of African States and AU counterterrorism mechanisms.”
“These proposals also aim to revitalize institutions and strengthen mechanisms of the African Union in charge of fighting this cross-border and dangerous phenomenon, by integrating new concepts, means and resources both at the normative and operational levels to enhance the effectiveness of African action.”

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