ALGIERS – Wednesday, 16 November 2022 (APS) – The minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra, held discussions Tuesday, in Algiers, with the chair of the high-level panel of 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.”