Interior Minister, Spanish counterpart discuss security cooperation

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ALGIERS-Minister of Interior, Local Authorities and National Planning Kamal Beldjoud and his Spanish counterpart Fernando Grande-Marlaska Gomez stressed the “need” to pool efforts between Algeria and Spain with a view to developing bilateral ties and cooperation in the fight against organized crime.

In a statement to the press after his meeting with the Spanish Minister of the Interior, currently on a visit to Algeria, Mr. Beljoud described the relations between the two countries as “excellent”, specifying that he and his counterpart exchanged views on issues of common interest in the security and civil protection fields.

The meeting was also an opportunity for both sides to address the issue of illegal migration.

In this regard, Mr. Beljoud stressed that he clearly indicated to his Spanish counterpart that Algeria was mobilizing “very significant” financial, material and human resources to fight against this phenomenon from which it suffers.

The Minister added that he stressed during the meeting the need to combine efforts between the two countries, particularly in the area of ​​information exchange, to fight against “drug networks”.

For his part, the Spanish minister clarified that he had discussed with Mr. Beldjoud the means of cooperation in the security field in order to fight against organized crime and the activities of terrorist groups in the region and the Sahel, adding that the meeting had, also, focused on the issue of continuous training of the security forces in the two countries, as well as cooperation in the fields of civil protection and road safety.

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