ALGIERS- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union And Arab League, current chairman of the League's Council of Ministers, Abdelkader Messahel, will take part in the preparatory ministerial meeting for the 28th Arab League Summit, to take place March 29 in Jordan, the ministry of Foreign Affairs said Saturday in a statement.
The summit's agenda includes the latest developments of the Palestinian issue, the crises and conflicts shaking some Arab countries, the reform process and the development of the joint Arab action.
Terrorism, extremism and organized crime will also be on the agenda of the 28th Summit of Amman.
ALGIERS- British ambassador to Libya Peter Millett said Wednesday, in Algiers, that Algeria’s efforts to settle the crisis in Libya are excellent because it is in contact with all the Libyan parties.
“Algeria’s efforts to settle the Libyan crisis are excellent. Algeria must play a role in the settlement of the crisis in Libya and it is the case, because it is contact with all the Libyan parties, all the Libyans,” said Millet at the end of an audience granted to him by the minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel.
The meeting was an opportunity for both sides to “discuss the situation in Libya and the ways to cooperate in order to bring peace and stability to Libya. We share goals with Algeria, particularly that of bringing peace and encouraging a political solution.”
“We also discussed how we could fight terrorism and illegal immigration together, and how we could help Libyans find a Libyan solution without foreign interference,” he said, adding that the crisis in Libya will have negative effects on the region and Europe, including the U.K.
Furthermore, the British diplomat expressed his wish to see cooperation and discussions between Algeria and the U.K. perpetuate in order to bring peace and stability to Libya.
ALGIERS- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika has received, Sunday in Algiers, Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel.
During the audience, Messahel gave the Head of State an account of the situation in the region, especially in Sahel, Mali and Libya.
The minister also presented to President Bouteflika a comprehensive report on the latest developments in the Arab world and Africa.
Messahel informed the Head of State of the outcomes of 147th session of Arab Foreign Ministers' Council, held in Cairo on 7 March, as well as the installation of the new members of the AU Commission, in Addis Ababa last Thursday
In this regard, President Bouteflika gave some guidance on the resolution of conflicts, particularly in Libya and on addressing the challenges facing the Sahel region, especially the fight against terrorism.
The Head of State reiterated Algeria's position on the settlement of conflicts, its rejection of any form of foreign interference and the promotion of dialogue and political solution, as the only means to restore security and stability.
ALGIERS- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel announced that the Algiers-Lagos Trans-Saharan road will be operational in 2018.
“The trans-Saharan road is important and strategic because it promotes partnership between Africans,” infrastructure being the foundation of any economic exchange, Messahel told the national television’s "Hiwar Essaâ" show, broadcasted Sunday evening.
For this reason, he said, “the Algerian approach gave priority to the Trans-Saharan which will open next year on the Algiers-Lagos section via Niger.”
With our weight and our potentialities as Algerians, we reached the borders with Niger and even further, with the Algiers-Lagos road link, which 4600-km long,” added the minister, stressing that “there is only 220 kilometres left on the Niger territory.”
He also broached “the launching of another road from Chad, which will be connected to the Tran-Saharan in Niger and which is currently at 34-km from the Niger borders, which will allow the opening of the road to the centre of Africa,” he said.
ALGIERS- The minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel said that the Algerian experience in the fight against terrorism and extremism is now a “reference” at the level of the United Nations (UN).
“The Algerian experience is now a reference at the United Nations. Algeria has already submitted a document on the ways to fight radicalism,” said Messahel who was, Sunday, the guest of the national’s television’s “Hiwar essaa.”
In this regard, he underlined Algeria’s efforts in the matter through the organization of several workshops on the role of democracy in the fight against radicalism, insisting on the key role of the Algerian diplomacy in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism in the light of conflicts and crises around the country.
ALGIERS- The ministry of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel called for a strong participation of the Algerian community abroad in the upcoming legislatives of 4 May.
Invited at the national television’s “Hiwar Essaa” show, Messahel said that the Algerian community abroad has considerable potential and an important role to play in the development of the country,” hoping to “see it participate massively in the upcoming legislatives of 4 May and contribute to the process of decision making.”
The preparations for this rendez-vous are taking place normally at the level of the four areas (Arab Maghreb and Africa, France, Northern/Southern Europe and America) said the minister, adding that the embassies and consulates include nearly 2 millions registered voters.
“The novelty of these elections is the designation of members of the High Independent Authority of Election Monitoring (HIISE) for these areas,” said Messahel.
Messahel also called “to exercise more vigilance” taking into account the risks to the country” and “to be confident because Algeria is on the right track at the political, economic, cultural and even social level.”
ALGIERS- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel expressed the hope that the new Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres will give a new impetus to the decolonization process in Western Sahara.
“The UN process for the peaceful settlement of the Sahrawi cause is currently at a deadlock,” said Messahel, the guest of the National Television programme “Hiwar Essaa.”
In this regard, he expressed the hope that the new UN Secretary General, well informed about the issue as he was UN High Commissioner for Refugees, will bring “a new approach to relaunch dialogue.”
Underlining an “international consensus” on the Sahrawi people’s right to self-determination, Messahel said that all the international decisions are for a “settlement allowing the Sahrawi people to exercise their right to self-determination.”
CAIRO- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel has held talks with Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry.
"We have discussed Arab issues as well as challenges facing the Arab nation and means to strengthen cooperation to support Arab League mechanisms," said Shoukry following his discussions with Messahel on the sidelines of the works of the 147th session of Arab Foreign Ministers Council, chaired by Algeria.
The two officials also broached the action of the two countries within the African Union, the Libyan crisis, the scourge of terrorism as well as the relations between Algeria and Egypt and the contributions of the two countries to addressing all those issues.
The Egyptian foreign minister underlined the constant contact between Algeria and Egypt in the service of the Arab common interest.
Shoukry also expressed hope that, during its term as chair of the Arab League Foreign Ministers Council, Algeria would contribute to strengthening Arab cooperation and solidarity in this important context and ahead of the next Arab Summit.
Algeria will chair the Arab League ministerial Council until September.
CAIRO- Algeria will work, during its term as chair of the Arab Foreign Ministers Council, for the reform of the Arab League and the peaceful settlement of Arab crises, through inclusive dialogue, the relaunch of political process and national reconciliation, said Tuesday in Cairo Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel.
In his opening address at the 147th session of Arab Foreign Ministers Council, chaired by Algeria until September 2017, Messahel said "the Arab world is going through a difficult period, marked by major challenges, threatening its stability, due to the persistence of the crises in Syria, Libya and Yemen, in addition to the suffering of the Palestinian people and the obstacles to any solution that would allow them to recover their independence and their legitimate rights."
"This explosive situation in the region has resulted in many challenges, especially terrorism, violent extremism and the worrying expansion of criminal organizations, which are threatening the security of our countries," he added.
In this regard, Messahel underlined the need "to combine efforts and develop a comprehensive strategy of fight against extremism, through dialogue and fight against terrorism with all possible legal and security means."
"The deep crises shaking the Arab region showed Arab League's failure to address and resolve conflicts, or manage unprecedented crises in the history of the region, which is threatened by foreign interference," he said.
The minister also stressed the need "to speed up the radical and comprehensive reform and make the relevant changes on the joint Arab action in order to move steadily towards an Arab economic integration, which would allow Arab people achieve their objectives in terms of development, progress and prosperity."
CAIRO- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel on Tuesday in Cairo renewed Algeria's consistent position for peaceful solution to the Arab crises, through inclusive dialogue and national reconciliation.
Speaking at the opening of the 147th Arab League FM Council meeting, Messahel said that "Algeria, loyal to its principles, pledged to remain objective and responsibile in the face of the crises some Arab countries have been experiencing, while rejecting all forms of foreign interference and encouraging dialogue and political solution, which is the only way to stop conflicts and restore security and stability."
He added that this position emanates from "its eagerness to protect the unity of the peoples of the Arab countries in crises and their social harmony as well as the respect of their will and the preservation of their sovereignty and territorial integrity."
"Algeria will continue to bring its national reconciliation experience as a real and effective example that encompassed all the security, political, economic, social and cultural aspects. This stems from Algeria‘s deep faith in the peoples’ ability to surmount hardships and achieve peace and stability in their countries," said Messahel, who chaired the 147th Arab League FM Council meeting on behalf of Algeria.
"Algeria, through its initiative towards the neighboring countries, worked to bridge the Libyan parties' views and encourage the inclusive dialogue, without any foreign interference and as part of the UN-sponsored settlement process.
Algeria will host in April the 11th meeting of Libya’s neighbouring counties to step up the efforts for reaching the political solution, through the inclusive dialogue and the national reconciliation."
In this regard, Messahel made a point of stressing the need for the UN to assume its responsibilities in the application of the relating Security Council resolutions, chiefly Resolution 2259 on the preservation of Libya’s unity, sovereignty, security and stability as well as the harmony of its people."
As for the Syrian crisis, the minister insisted that "time has come to reach an inter-Syrian consensus and the launch of an inclusive dialogue involving all the Syrian parties, in a view to achieving a political solution that would guarantee the unity of the Syria’s people and the integrity of its territory."
Concerning Yemen, Messahel called for "the resumption of the political operation in Yemen in order to ensure its unity, sovereignty, security and help the Yemeni people achieving their aspirations for decent life."
Moreover, Messahel renewed Algeria’s unwavering support to the Palestinian people in their fight for statehood on the basis of 1967 borders with al Quds as capital.
Algeria will chair the Arab League Council until September 2017
CAIRO- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel on Tuesday has held discussions with Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim al-Jaafari at the Arab League's headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.
Following his discussions with Messahel, on the sidelines of the works of the 147th session of Arab Foreign Ministers Council, Al-Jaafari said "despite the geographic distance, the two countries have developed coordination, cooperation, friendship ties and mutual trust."
As regards the Arab League, the Iraqi Foreign ministers underlined the need that the League includes all Arab States.
In this respect, Al-Jaafari called for "unified stances and interests" and stressed the need to address Arab concerns.
CAIRO- Minister of Maghreb Affaires, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel has called, Tuesday in Cairo, for speeding up the radical and comprehensive reforms of the Arab League.
"The serious crises in the Arab region and resulting from difficult and inextricable situations showed Arab League's failure to address and resolve conflicts, or manage unprecedented crises in the history of the region, which is threatened by foreign interference," said Messahel at the opening of the 147th session of the Arab Foreign Ministers Council.
The minister added "this situation has affected the performance of the Arab League system, and has weakened its role and place in the decision-making spheres."
In this regard, he stressed the need to "speed up the radical and comprehensive reform and make relevant changes on the joint Arab action in order to move steadily towards an Arab economic integration, which would allow Arab peoples achieve their objectives in terms of development, progress and prosperity."
"During its term as chair of the Arab League ministerial council, Algeria will give due importance to monitoring the reform process of the organization, and to the development of its mechanisms, with a view to ensuring efficient joint Arab action," said Messahel
Algeria will hold the rotating presidency of the Arab foreign Ministers Council until September 2017.
CAIRO (Egypt)- The 147th session of Arab League Foreign Ministers Council opened Tuesday at the organization's general secretariat headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, under the chairmanship of Algeria.
Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel will chair the works of the session devoted to discussing the joint Arab action, especially in the political, economic and security fields.
The meeting's agenda includes 28 points dealing with topical issues, namely the latest developments in Libya, Syria and Yemen, the question of Palestine and the ways to fight terrorism and trans-border organized crime.
The development of Arab relations with the international and regional organizations and the development of an agenda for the Arab Summit of next March 23-29 are also on the ministerial meeting's agenda.
Algeria's top priority for its six-month chairmanship is Arab League's reform and development, paving the way for its adaptation to regional and international changes.
Arab League's reform is meant to meet political, security, economic and social requirements and, as a result, Arab peoples' expectations.
CAIRO- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel emphasized Monday, in Cairo, “the need for a radical reform of the Arab League to give a fresh impetus to the joint action for the interests of the Arab peoples.
In a press briefing on the eve of the holding of the 147th session of the Arab League Foreign Ministers Council in Cairo, Messahel affirmed that Algeria will present during its chairmanship ideas and proposals aimed at the revision of the Arab League’s working methods focusing its action on its long-awaited reform.
“The Arab world is experiencing various crises and several dangers hang over the Arab region notably terrorism and organized crime and we are today unable to address these issues without foreign interference which is often military with its known consequences, namely the chaos and weakening of the Arab world in the era of blocks, “ said Messahel.
Emphasizing “the need to unify voices and indentify priorities which are the settlement of conflicts through peaceful solutions, inclusive dialogue and national reconciliation to preserve the sovereignty of the States and their territorial integrity as well as the cohesion of their peoples in order to achieve security, stability and development,” said Messahel.
The minister expressed “the hope that the reform of the Arab League takes place to allow the Arab world to be a partner in the world and at the level of the United Nations, defending with one voice its causes and interests notably the Palestinian cause and also expressing the aspiration to its peoples for development and respect of their willingness and their choices.”
Messahel reiterated “Algeria’s willingness to share its experience in terms of fight against terrorism, national reconciliation whose effectiveness has been proven and of dialogue among all the sides concerned by security, peace and stability.”
ALGIERS- Algeria will chair the 147th session of the Arab League Foreign Ministers Council scheduled for Tuesday, at the organization’s headquarters in Cairo (Egypt) with, on the agenda, the review of the joint Arab action particularly in terms of peace and security in the region.
The presidency being ensured by Algeria until September 2017, the minister of Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel will lead the works of the Arab League Ministerial Council session.
During this mandate, Algeria included among its priorities the reform and development of the Arab League to ensure that it is adapted to regional and international changes and to strengthen its capacity to meet political, security, economic and social demands and achieve, consequently, the aspirations of the Arab peoples said the ministry of Foreign Affairs in a communiqué.
The meeting will also work to find a peaceful and consensual settlement to the conflicts in the Arab world through the impetus of the political and national reconciliation process in order to preserve the security and stability of these countries, their entity, sovereignty and the unity of their peoples, said the communiqué.
The agenda of the current session includes a total of 28 points mainly focused on joint Arab action in the political, security, economic and social sectors.
Among the issues to be discussed are the latest developments in Libya, Syria and Yemen, the Palestinian issue and the progress of Arab relations with international and regional organizations in additions to the ways to fight terrorism and organized cross-border crime.
ALGIERS- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel will chair the works of the 147th session of the Arab League Foreign Ministers Council, to be held in Cairo on Tuesday, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement.
Algeria is holding the rotating presidency of the Arab Foreign Ministers Council until September 2017, added the statement.
During its mandate, Algeria will include among the top priorities the reform and development of the Arab League, with a view to allowing it adapt to the regional and international changes and to strengthen its capacity in addressing the political, security, economic and social demands and meeting the aspirations of Arab peoples, said the Ministry's statement.
"Algeria will step up its efforts for the resolution of conflicts in the Arab world, through peaceful and consensual solutions, by supporting political process and national reconciliation, in order to preserve the security, stability and the unity of those countries," added the statement.
During this session, several issues will be discussed, especially the recent developments in Libya, Syria and Yemen, as well as the Palestinian cause, in addition to Arab relations with international and regional organizations and means to strengthen fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime, said the Ministry's statement.
Abdelkader Messahel will hold discussions with Arab ministers and heads of participating delegations.
ALGIERS- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel and Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui reaffirmed, Sunday in Algiers, the commitment of their two countries to finding a political and consensual solution to the crisis in Libya, stressing the need to promote the inter-Libyan dialogue.
During a joint press conference following the 19th session of the Algerian-Tunisian Monitoring Committee, the two ministers deplored the recent clashes in the region of the Oil Crescent region, adding "this would not help to resolve the crisis in Libya."
"We are for dialogue and against the use of weapons," said Messahel, adding that Algeria was in constant contact with all parties in that country, until the launch of a genuine and inclusive inter-Libyan dialogue for the resolution of the crisis.
The minister underlined the role of the UN in the settlement of the crisis and the need for Libyans to abide by the political accord signed on 17 December 2015.
As regards the meeting of Libya's neighbouring countries, scheduled for early April in Algiers, to examine the Libyan crisis and the threats facing the States of the region, Messahel stressed the key role of those countries in the coordination of efforts and the exchange of information.
The forthcoming meeting will be attended by Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Chad, Sudan and Niger.
For his part, the Tunisian Foreign minister said that the solution to the Libyan crisis "must be consensual and not military," recalling the responsibility of the UN and the Security Council.
He added that the visit of Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi to Algeria in December 2016 and his discussions with President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika were an opportunity to examine the situation in Libya.
This visit showed the interest attached by the leaders of the two countries, along with Egypt, to find a political solution to the crisis in Libya.
During the works of the 19th session of the Algerian-Tunisian Monitoring Committee, the two sides also discussed the situation in the Sahel, and underlined the efforts of the two countries for the restoration of stability in the region.
The 21st session of the Algerian-Tunisian High Joint Commission, to be held in Tunis on 9 March, will be co-chaired by Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and his Tunisian counterpart Youssef Chahed.
ALGIERS- The next session of the Algerian-Tunisian High Joint Commission will culminate in the signing of seven cooperation agreements in various areas, announced Sunday in Algiers Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel.
One of those agreements would be on security cooperation and another on the delimitation of maritime boundaries between the two countries, said Messahel following the 19th session of the Algerian-Tunisian Monitoring Committee, which he co-chaired with Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui.
The minister underlined that those agreements would open wide prospects for the development and broadening of cooperation to other economic, trading and industrial areas.
Messahel added that the meeting of the Algerian-Tunisian Monitoring Committee, held on 4 and 5 March, was an opportunity to assess joint action since the 20th session of the High Joint Commission, which took place in Algiers in October 2015.
In this regard, he hailed the implementation of the agreements signed during that session, adding that they have further strengthened cooperation between the two countries.
He also recalled the 130 visits exchanged at all levels and the 30 joint programmes implemented in different areas, including energy, industry, trade, agriculture, higher education, information and communication technologies, as well as culture.
The minister added that the value of trade between the two countries exceeded US$1 billion in 2016, while 1.2 million Algerian tourists visited the neighbouring country last year.
For his part, Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui underlined the importance of the next session of the Algerian-Tunisian High Joint Commission in view of the agreements that would be signed, especially the security cooperation agreement.
In this regard, he said that this agreement provides for security and military cooperation to address the dangers facing our two countries, especially terrorism, drug trafficking, organized crime, illegal migration and human trafficking.
The security cooperation agreement shows the strong relations between the two countries and the convergence of their views on the necessity to preserve the security of Algeria and Tunisia.
The Tunisian Foreign minister reaffirmed the determination of the two countries to strengthen their cooperation in the field in order to counter all the threats facing them.
The works of the 19th session of the Algerian-Tunisian Monitoring Committee culminated in the signing of the minutes by Messahel and Jhinaoui.
ALGIERS- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel underlined Saturday, in Algiers, Algeria’s determination to develop and boost the Algerian-Tunisian relations to the highest level.
In a speech at the opening of the 19th session of Algerian-Tunisian monitoring committee, Messahel said that the meeting was an opportunity “to continue coordination and dialogue around issues of interest to both countries and exchange views concerning the latest developments both at the regional and international levels.”
Messahel co-chaired the 19th session of the Algerian-Tunisian monitoring committee with the Tunisian minister of Foreign Affairs Khemaies Jhinaoui. The meeting takes place in preparation of the 21st Grand Joint Commission scheduled for the 9th March in Tunis.
The Algerian-Tunisian relations experienced, over the past few years, a significant dynamic particularly marked by the regular holding of the Grand Joint Commission as well as high level meetings initiated by the officials of both countries, said Messahel.
During this two-day meeting, the minister underlined the imperative “to make up for the shortcomings experienced in order to make the necessary efforts to boost cooperation between the two countries at the level expected in terms of complimentarily, integration and global development,” calling, on the same occasion, to seize all the opportunities offered to launch new joint projects allowing to achieve more
He called, in this regard, to make more efforts to promote and diversify trade between the two countries by strengthening contacts between the two countries’ chambers of commerce and businessmen.
ALGIERS- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel said Saturday that Algeria and Tunisia will ink next week an agreement on security cooperation.
The agreement will be signed as part of the 21st grand joint commission meeting, to be held March 9 in Tunis.
It "will boost our consultations for the settlement of crises in the region, including Libya," Messahel said at the opening of the 19th Algerian-Tunisian monitoring committee.
By virtue of the agreement, "further efforts will be made to achieve a rapprochement among the different Libyan parties, leading to a national reconciliation through an all-inclusive inter-Libyan dialogue, without any foreign interference," the Algerian official said."
Such a political solution is "based on the settlement process sponsored by the United Nations." For his part, Tunisia's Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui said that the agreement that will be signed next week in Tunis would strengthen security and military cooperation between the two countries.
The 19th session of the Algerian-Tunisian Monitoring Committee, taking place in Algiers on 4 and 5 March, ahead of the 21st session of the Algerian-Tunisian High Joint commission, to be held in Tunis on 9 March.
Tunis session will be co-chaired by Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and his Tunisian Counterpart Youssef Chahed.