(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) ALGIERS April 10 (KUNA) -- The third session of French-Algerian High-level Intergovernmental Committee (CIHN) concluded Sunday night with a joint statement affirming that the two parties share the desire to counter the various threats including terrorism in the Sahel-Saharan region.
The session was co-chaired by Algerian Prime Minister Abdulmalek Sellal his French counterpart Manuel Valls.
The two parties concerned over the geopolitical and security situation in the Sahel-Saharan region "have shown their willingness to deal with various threats including terrorism" Algeria Press Service (APS) reported citing the statement.
The situation in the Sahel-Saharan region is characterized by "the proliferation of organized crime in all its forms as well as the subversive actions of transnational terrorist organizations aiming to destabilize this region of Africa North and western Mediterranean basin" the statement said.
Algiers and Paris are "determined to continue their dialogue and deepen their cooperation in the fight against this transnational scourge in accordance with their international commitments and the principles and rules of international law." In addition the two parties willing to reduce the scope of transnational terrorist organizations rampant in the Sahel-Saharan strip "agreed on the need to include the fight against these terrorist organizations in a global dimension which requires drying up their financing resources notably their revenues from drug trafficking illicit arms trade and supplies of hydrocarbons and ransom payment." The two sides agreed to convene the coming CIHN session in Paris in 2017. (pickup previous) ft.gb