15 January 2013

Algeria: Tunisia and Algeria Fear Consequences of Situation in Mali

Carthage — Caretaker President Moncef Marzouki and Algeria's council of the nation speaker Abdelkader Bensalah affirmed on Monday that the development of the situation in Mali is a "security challenge" for the Arab Maghreb states.

At a meeting in Carthage palace, they stressed the need for Tunisia and Algeria to unify their stands and work out a coherent strategy to guard against the effects of developments in Mali on the region, reads a Presidency communiqué.

Besides, they also called for reviving the Arab Maghreb union which, they said, is an urgent claim especially in view of the political, security and economic challenges facing the region.

The communiqué added that the talks had allowed as well to discuss means to promote bilateral relations, notably in economic matters.

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