Algeria: Nation-Algeria - Mutual Will to Fight Terrorism, Organised Crime and Drug Trafficking - Joint Statement

Tunis — A joint statement was made public on Monday at the end of Interim Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali's official two-day visit to Algiers.

The statement reviewed the content of Jebali's meetings with President Bouteflika, the Council of the Nation President, the People's Assembly Speaker and the Algerian Premier who paid tribute to Tunisia for the progress made towards achieving democratic transition and building up its constitutional institutions.

Jebali highlighted the strong political will of Tunisia to raise its fraternal relations with Algeria to the level of strategic partnership , saying that this partnership is likely to materialize the expectations of the two brotherly peoples for further solidarity and prosperity.

Both sides expressed satisfaction at the outcome of the 7th commission on political dialogue held last november 27-28 in Tunis, insisting on the need to implement the recommendations of the 16th follow-up committee held last april 11-12 in Algiers, ahead of the 19th session of the higher joint committee scheduled to be held in Tunisia in the first three months of next year.

The two prime ministers urged the economic players in Tunisia and Algeria to take advantage of the investment opportunities provided to contribute to carry out the plans scheduled and promote trade exchanges.

They expressed satisfaction at the level of cooperation and coordination reached by the specialized structures in the two countries, stressing the care to « promote this partnership to cope with terrorism , organized crime , drug trafficking and illegal trade ».

Jebali and Sellal also worked out a joint roadmap for the development of border areas and agreed on a common prospective vision to promote bilateral cooperation and extend its future prospects.

On the other hand, they expressed readiness to carry on coordination and consultation about the holding in Tunisia of the 7th Maghreb summit.

As to the situation in northern Mali, Hamadi Jebali hailed Algeria's efforts to find a political settlement to this issue through dialogue so as to preserve Mali's unity and spare its people the risk of a foreign military intervention . Reviewing the situation in Syria, both sides stressed the need to support the efforts made by UN and arab league envoy Lakhdhar Brahimi for a peaceful settlement of the crisis there.

The two prime ministers expressed in the end satisfaction at the access of Palestine to UN observer status , reiterating support to the Palestinian people's fight to recover their legitimate rights to establish their independent state with El Qods as its capital.

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