Algerian FM Lamamra confers with Malian counterpart, rich discussions on agenda

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ALGIERS- The Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra, held, on Sunday, discussions with his Malian counterpart, Abdoulaye Diop , who is on a visit to Algeria as part of the regular political consultations between the two countries, the ministry said in a statement.

During the meeting, both sides tackled bilateral relations which unite the two countries as well as the prospects of giving new impetus to the implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali resulting from the Algiers process, within the framework of the ongoing efforts aimed at fostering a successful transition in the Republic of Mali,” the statement read.

In this spirit, they agreed to continue joint efforts to further densify the Algerian-Malian partnership in various fields and relaunch bilateral cooperation mechanisms, including the Strategic Bilateral Committee whose 18th session is scheduled for Bamako, the Great Mixed Commission as well as the Bilateral Border Committee”, added the same communiqué.

Regarding the implementation of the Algiers Agreement, the two ministers welcomed the “encouraging” results of the second high-level decision-making meeting held in Bamako from August 1 to 5, particularly concerning the crucial issue of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) and some aspects of political and institutional reforms.

They “particularly underlined the need to preserve and support this positive dynamic of peace and reconciliation in order to consolidate the ongoing process of reform, return to constitutional order and promote lasting peace in the country. To this end, the heads of diplomacy of the two countries have set the dates for the meeting of the Monitoring Committee for the implementation of the agreement (CSA) to take place soon in Bamako under the presidency of Algeria”, the statement poited out.

“In this regard, and on behalf of the highest Malian authorities, Minister Diop hailed President Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s personal commitment to peace and stability in Mali, reiterating his country’s recognition for the active solidarity manifested at all times”, according to the press release, while Mr. Lamamra “assured his Malian counterpart that, given the responsibilities he assumes at the head of the International Mediation and the CSA, as well that as a neighboring country, Algeria will spare no effort to support the Malian parties on the path to peace and reconciliation in a united, stable, democratic and prosperous Mali”.

Finally, the two ministers discussed developments on the regional scene in light of the challenges imposed by the proliferation of terrorist threats and cross-border crime in the countries of the Sahelo-Saharan strip.

Lamamra and Diop “agreed to continue and deepen bilateral and multilateral consultations with the countries concerned with a view to fostering common responses based on the relevant mechanisms and tools of the African Union”, while “noting the potential for integration in the sub-region with a view to optimizing joint action in the area of ​​security and development”, the statement concluded.

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