ALGIERS– Algeria will host an African high-level meeting on financing of terrorism on April 9 and 10, says Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel.
The Afrian Union (AU) Summit of Heads of State and Government in September 2014 had approved a proposal for Algeria to host the high-level meeting, Messahel told a media briefing here Sunday following his meeting with the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, who was on a three-day official visit to Algeria.
“This conference is extremely important in the current situation to state the African positions, exchange views about legislation in our countries, and identify the role of our institutions in charge of combating money laundering and trafficking in all forms,” he added.
On his talks with the AU Commission head, Messahel said he had broached the scourge of illegal migration, a source of “concern for our States”.
“We expressed our views to the AU Commission head about the fight against trafficking networks, which sometimes participate in the financing of terrorist acts,” he added.
The minister recalled that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been named by his African peers to be the leader in promoting the African vision on counter-terrorism.
“We make our contributions and we submit every year reports to the AU Commission and to the Conference of the Heads of state in this regard,” said Messahel.
Concerning the institutional reform to the AU, Messahel affirmed a “need to adapt the organization to change and mutation”, adding that since the creation of the AU, many developments had taken place and the question of reform had been an extremely important and interesting initiative.
“As States, we provide our contribution to the reflection for the application of the Heads of State’s decisions in this regard,” he said. “I believe that the AU Extraordinary Summit, planned in Kigali (Rwanda) to formalize the African Continental Free Trade Area will be an outcome of the awaited African integration.”
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK