Magharebia (Washington DC)

Mauritania Calls for Arab Security Co-Operation

Mauritania will "act to defend" its territorial integrity and its citizens from extremist groups in neighbouring Mali, President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz said during a visit to Tichitt on Thursday (January 24th).

While addressing the Arab Economic Summit in Riyadh on Monday, the president told his Arab peers that the fight against terrorism and organised crime was an "absolute priority that required on-going co-ordination of Arab security systems".

Ould Abdel Aziz added: "The Islamic Republic of Mauritania has constantly drawn the attention of the international community to the dangers posed by the activities of armed terrorist groups and organised crime networks in northern Mali and the Sahel region."

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