SG RabehiALGIERS-Algeria considers security in the Sahel as an integral part of regional and international security, and calls countries in the region to join their efforts within respect for sovereignty, independence, unity and choices of the countries, stressed Wednesday the Secretary General of the Foreign Affairs Ministry Hassane Rabehi.

"For Algeria, security in the Sahel is an integral part of regional and international security. It preservation requires efforts from all countries in the region," said Rabehi at the opening ceremony of 10the focal points meeting held by the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACRST) in Algiers.

Given the consequences induced by terrorism and all forms of transnational crime in the Sahel region, like drug trafficking, kidnappings for ransoms and illegal migration, "countries in the region must join their efforts under the African Union. This situation requires the active mobilization and solidarity of the international community under strict respect for the affected countries' sovereignty, independence and choices," insisted Rabehi.

In this regard, the Secretary General of the Foreign Affairs Ministry highlighting the importance of "encouraging bilateral, regional and international efforts to set up cooperation platforms in justice, security, exchange of experiences, information and good practices in the fight against this scourge" during this meeting, held under the themes "National security architecture and counterterrorism mechanisms" and "Counterterrorism cooperation."

In this regard, he underscored the security contribution of Algeria "which spends major efforts and mobilizes significant resources to secure its borders against remnants of terrorism on its territory," adding that "Algeria has good relations with some neighbouring countries and spares no effort to strengthen regional cooperation against the terrorist threat."

"Algeria measures the importance of efforts that must tirelessly continue internationally, regionally and nationally to better fight against radicalization, violent extremism and the threat of foreign terrorist," he stressed.

Rabehi stressed that "the establishment of (ACRST) by the AU urges us to strengthen regional cooperation in this fields and adopt genuine recommendations in order to combat the terrorist threat."

The opening ceremony of this meeting was attended by representatives of African countries' institutions, ACRST's partners, the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security Smaïl Chergui, director of ACRST, Special representative of the AU for counterterrorism cooperation Larry Gbevlo-LarteyEsq and representatives of the diplomatic staff accredited in Algiers

APS, 14/12/2016