In his speech at the opening of the 6th Algeria-Niger Bilateral Border Committee at the International Conference Centre (CIC) Abdelatif Rahal, Bedoui said that “Algeria which has always succeeded in containing the phenomenon of illegal migration is facing today a campaign of unconstructive and unfounded criticisms,” underlining that Algeria “has always supported the African migrants and had spared no effort, notably at the humanitarian level, to support and assist them.”
“In the face of the growing phenomenon of illegal migration, the two countries are called to strengthen the bilateral cooperation to address it and fight against criminal networks,” adding that “the notable proliferation of this phenomenon becomes worrying and requires further coordination, strengthening efforts to fight against human trafficking networks and against radicalism and violent extremism,” said the minister.
When broaching Algeria-Niger bilateral relations, Bedoui said that these relations are “strategic, important and long-standing” and that they have always been facing “ill-intentioned parties which raise doubts about their credibility,” pointing out that “their attempts will always bound to fail” and that Algeria “will always remain faithful to the values of solidarity and cooperation with Niger’s brothers.”
The holding the 6th Bilateral Border Committee “coincides with the continued deterioration of security situation in the Sahel region, requiring the intensification of security cooperation between the Sahel countries as part of the Joint Operational Army Staffs Committee (CEMOC).”
Algeria attaches a “particular interest” to the security and development of common border regions, because the challenges and threats in these regions, like “terrorism, cross-border organized crime and illegal migration,” require joining efforts to give a boost to the cooperation mechanisms between the two countries,” he said, adding that “strengthening border cooperation constitutes the most efficient way to take up the double challenge of security and development.”