Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel, who is currently touring Africa’s north-central Sahel region, has held talks on Thursday, in Nouakchott, with Mauritanian President “Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz”.
At a press conference, held after the meeting, Messahel said that he and the Mauritanian president have discussed the latest political developments and the region’s ongoing fight against terrorism, organized crime and illegal migration.
In this regard, the Algerian FM called for stepped-up coordination between both neighboring countries.
Algeria’s southern province “Tamanrasset” is currently serving as headquarters for a regional coalition tasked with combating terrorism. Along with Algeria, the coalition includes Mauritania, Niger, Chad and Mali.
Messahel also said that, in coming days, a new border crossing would be opened linking Algeria’s Tindouf province to the Mauritanian city of Zouerat.
The new crossing, he said, “will serve to strengthen relations between residents of the border areas and open the door to increased economic and trade exchanges between both countries”.
On Wednesday October 11th, Messahel began a tour in Africa’s Sahel region that will also include stops in Chad, Mali and Niger.