Messahel KohlerGENEVA – Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel told the UN Special Envoy for Western Sahara Horst Kohler on Wednesday in Geneva that Algeria is committed to contribute to the good conduct of the round table on Western Sahara conflict.

Mr. Messahel assured Köhler of Algeria's commitment, as a neighboring country, to contribute to the good conduct of the Geneva round table aimed at relaunching the negotiation process between the two parties to the conflict, the Kingdom of Morocco and the Polisario Front.

The meeting, which took place shortly before the start of the round table on Western Sahara and to which Algeria is invited as a neighboring and observer country, falls within the framework of UN Security Council Resolution no 2440.

During the meeting, the Head of Algerian diplomacy reiterated Algeria's support for the efforts of the Personal Envoy, expressed to him by the President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, during an audience on October 23rd 2017, with a view to reaching a settlement of the Western Sahara conflict in accordance with international law and relevant United Nations resolutions.

On October 31st 2018, the Security Council urged Morocco and the Polisario Front to resume negotiations "without preconditions and in good faith" with a view to reaching a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution that would provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.

In addition to his participation at the round table on Western Sahara, the Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs held talks with the President of the World Economic Forum, Børge Brende, and the founder of the Forum, Klaus Schwab.

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