APS - 28 December 2021
ALGIERS-The President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, said Tuesday that "significant strides" have been made in relations between Algeria and Mauritania, "which stepped up particularly after the opening of the border post."
Speaking at a joint press briefing with his Mauritanian counterpart Mohamed Ould Cheikh El-Ghazouani, President Tebboune said that their meeting was "rich" and focused on "several aspects of bilateral cooperation and relations between the two brotherly countries."
Calling the border post "a true bridge of communication between the populations of the border region and a major achievement," the head of state stressed that this facility had doubled the volume of trade between the two countries," he continued.
"In addition to this achievement, the recent establishment of the Algerian-Mauritanian Border Committee, chaired by the Ministers of Interior of both countries, has come to boost cooperation in the border region and ensure security coordination," said President Tebboune.
Cooperation and partnership ties "have resulted in achievements in several areas" and "now need to be further enhanced by lifting obstacles to achieve the common sustainable development to which we all aspire."
Welcoming the visit of his Mauritanian counterpart, President Tebboune said it "has enriched the legal framework governing bilateral cooperation after the signing of a series of agreements in several sectors."
"The scope of cooperation will be expanded to other areas and businessmen will be provided the appropriate conditions to boost economic cooperation and trade. I urge the beginning of work on the road Tindouf-Zouerat to further boost partnership," stressed the head of state.
While exchanging opinions and ideas on fraternal relations, the two presidents focused on "events and radiant pages of our common history", remembering "to what extent the Algerian scholars, from various cities and regions, crossed long distances to Chinguetti to learn and teach."
In addition to the privileged relations between our two peoples, the visit of President El-Ghazouani "is an opportunity to exchange views on various issues of interest to our two countries and all regional and international issues of common interest, especially the situation in Libya and the Sahel region," said President Tebboune.
"We also discussed the joint Arab action as Algeria will soon host the Arab Summit. We hope that the event will unify the Arab rank," said the president.
"In the face of an international context of crisis marked by challenges and threats, we must pool our efforts and coordinate our positions," he said, referring to "convergent views and stances on these issues."
"Algeria will further step up fraternal relations and expand areas of cooperation in the service of our two brotherly peoples and our region," promised President Tebboune.