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Lamamra holds discussion with Chair of High-level Panel on Security, Development in Sahel

ALGIERS- The minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra, held discussions Tuesday, in Algiers, with the Chair of the High-level Panel on Security and Development in the Sahel, Mahamadou Issoufou, who is on a working visit to Algeria, the ministry said in a statement.
"The discussions focused mainly on the implementation of the mission entrusted by the United Nations and the African Union to President Issoufou, to assess the challenges facing the countries within the geostrategic area of the Sahel and to recommend an appropriate collective response in terms of security and development," the statement said.
The exchange of views was an opportunity to "shed light on Algeria's efforts as part of the inter-African security cooperation against the terrorist threats and on the initiatives to promote economic integration in the sub-region, with major structuring projects, for shared prosperity through the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)," the statement said.
The two sides "stressed the need to find and implement African solutions to African problems and to boost AU action."
Such an action, they added, "has to play a major role in the prevention and resolution of political and security crises in Africa and promote a collective response to climate, demographic and humanitarian challenges and those relating to economic and social development."
Issoufou stresses Algeria’s support to his UN mission
ALGIERS- Chairman of the High-Level Panel on Security and Development in the Sahel Mahamadou Issoufou stressed Wednesday, in Algiers, the importance of Algeria’s support to his mission aimed to assess the security situation and development in the Sahel countries, as well as the proposals made to take up the challenges the region is facing.
In a statement to the press following the audience granted to him by President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune, the head of the High-Level Panel on Security and Development in the Sahel and former President of Niger, pointed out that this meeting focused “mainly on the mission entrusted to him by UN Secretary General concerning the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the G5 Sahel Group, that of the evaluation of the security situation and development in all the countries of the Sahel.”
Issoufou said that the mission entrusted to him transcends the geographical dimension of the Sahel countries, namely Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad, to include neighboring countries which are facing “terrorist and criminal threats as well as security and institutional challenges,” in addition to climate, human, demographic, economic and social challenges,” because a lot of them are in transition periods.”
His main mission consists in “examining these situations, given that every State and its allies have a different strategy to address these challenges,” he said, pointing out “that about 20 strategies are being implemented in the Sahel countries.”
“My mission as the chairman of the High-Level Panel on Security and Development in the Sahel is to assess these strategies and make proposals to face challenges,” he added.
Issoufou affirmed the necessity of “supporting all the players in all the countries of the region, notably Algeria as a key State in the region.”
“I’ve come to seek President Tebboune’s support to the mission allotted to me,” he stressed, extending his tanks to him for his advice and support to his mission.