Bensalah, Guterres examine situation in North Africa, Sahel

APS - 30 March 2017

DEAD SEA (Jordan)- Speaker of the Council of the Nation (Upper House of Parliament) Abdelkader Bensalah held discussions, Wednesday in Jordan's Dead Sea, with the Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres.

The discussions, held on the sidelines of the 28th Arab Summit, focused on the political and security situation in North Africa and the Sahel region.

The two sides also discussed the situation in the occupied Western Sahara, and the standstill in the negotiation process between Morocco and Polisario Front.

During the discussions, the UN chief hailed Algeria's efforts to find a political solution to the Libyan crisis, which has had negative repercussions on the North African and Sahel regions and even on Europe.

As regards the situation in Mali, Guterres underlined the success of the international mediation, led by Algeria, which culminated in the signing of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali in 2015.

He also hailed Algeria's role in the Agreement's implementation process.

Bensalah is representing President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika at the 28th Arab Summit.