Algeria-Mali: "Total convergence of views" on need to continue counterterrorism efforts

APS - 03 November 2016

BAMAKO- Algeria and Mali are committed to continuing the fight against terrorism in order to restore security and peace in the region, said Thursday in Bamako, the two Prime ministers, Abdelmalek Sellal and Modibo Keita, on the sidelines of the opening of the 12th session of the Algerian-Malian High Joint Cooperation Commission.

"We have insisted on Algeria's solidarity with Mali and its contribution to the preservation of the Republic of Mali, the fight against terrorism as well as the fight against all what can affect the regional security. There is a total convergence on the need to continue these efforts," Sellal told the press.

In this regard, the Prime minister underlined the importance of the session, which will culminate in the signing of several cooperation agreements, which would give new impetus to economic cooperation between the two countries.

Sellal called to "move towards economic relations based on partnership," adding that the presence of many Algerian businessmen in the economic forum, held on the sidelines of the High Joint Commission's meeting, is a positive sign for the development of partnership between the two countries.

The Premier also recalled that Algeria will host soon an African businessmen forum, stressing the importance of such platforms.

For his part, Malian Prime Minister Modibo Keita said that the 12th session of the High Joint Commission is being held in a context different from that of previous sessions.

The current context is marked by the growing terrorist threat, hence the need to restore security, which is essential to any development action, he added.

The two countries are linked by long-standing political and economic relations, he said, adding that it was a pride to develop cooperation with Algeria in the economic, political, cultural and security areas.