The Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdelkader Messahel took part in the 8th Ministerial Coordination Committee meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) that took place on Wednesday 20th September in New York, according to a statement issued by the Ministry.
During this meeting, the Minister reaffirmed Algeria’s support towards the activities of this international forum to which it’s a founding member as well as its availability to co-chair with Canada the new regional working group covering the entire West African region, adds the statement.
This working group was formed as part of the resolutions made by the ministers during the meeting held at the end of six years of activity since the founding of the Forum in 2011. It replaces the Sahel working group co-chaired by Algeria and Canada.
While emphasizing that Algeria maintains a high level vigilance on its own territory and along its boarders, it recalled the action and initiatives taken on Arab, African and international level in order to promote mobilization as well as regional and international fight against terrorism and violent extremism; according to the same source.
At international level, Mr. Messahel recalled that African Union (AU) had at the beginning of this year entrusted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, with the high level mission of Coordinator for the prevention and fight against violent extremism and terrorism in Africa and that the Memorandum which the President presented in this capacity to the last AU Summit was adopted and shall serve as a platform to the cooperation that Africa intends to make with the rest of the International Community.
The Minister also announced that Algeria shall arbitrate at the first meeting of the new working group on GCTF West Africa between 23rd and 25th October as well as a regional meeting on relationship between terrorism and international organized crime; ends the statement from the Ministry.