Algeria and Tunisia were “strongly and totally” coordinating their efforts to counter security threats, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said Thursday in Tunis, ensuring that the two countries will join stability and security whatever the price is.
In a statement to the press following the 21st Algerian-Tunisian High Joint Commission, he added that the relations linking the two countries were “excellent” at all the levels, particularly in the security fields which has just been reinforced by another agreement.
In this regard, the Premier said that Algeria has offered its national reconciliation experience to the Tunisians.
The national reconciliation helped reuniting the Algerian people who witnessed the throes of terrorism that made over 200,000 victims.
Regarding citizens’ role in the fight against terrorism, the Prime Minister deemed it imperative to improve the living conditions of the populations at the border areas, announcing several joint projects.
“We have agreed to launch a project to supply the Tunisian city of Sakiet Sidi Youcef with the Algerian gas,” he announced, welcoming the positive impact of such a project on all regions of the border strip.
According to Sellal, this visit also allowed him to reaffirm Algeria’s support to Tunisia.
“It is time for both countries to develop a common geostrategic vision in the region that includes the economic and security aspects.”
Security and peace must be restored in the Sahel region and we must combine our efforts to settle the Libyan crisis, he added, reaffirming that the only possible solution in Libya was the Libyan consensual policy.
Tunisian Prime Minister Youcef Chahed praised the level of security coordination between his country and Algeria, noting that the two countries had achieved great success in the fight against terrorism.
By signing the security agreement, the two countries, which are facing the same challenges, gave special interest to strengthening coordination and exchanges of experience and expertise.
Chahed said that Thursday’s meeting was an occasion to recall the long-standing relations between Algeria and Tunisia and discuss the questions of security, economy, the development of border areas and tourism.
The Algerian tourists saved the previous tourist seasons in Tunisia flocking in huge numbers to the country.
Tunisia “has made great efforts to restore stability” but “vigilance remains essential to counter the terrorist threat,” Chahed concluded