Algeria, Libya Increase Cooperation in Trade, Security

Algeria has announced plans to providing support to the new Libyan government in the area of security.

At the end of a two-day visit to Algiers, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan [Zidan] said:

"Algeria and Libya have reached agreement over a number of initiatives in the field of security co-operation which will be launched in January 2013."

In a joint statement issued at the end of the talks, the two countries "expressed their desire to step up co-operation, co-ordination and dialogue in order to address the risks and dangers which threaten the stability and security of the nations in the region".

Libya and Algeria each promised to reinforce border security and prevent the "use of its territory to attack… or threaten" its neighbour.

"We want to win over Algeria's heart and we say to our Algerian brothers that our relationship must be founded upon brotherliness and co-operation," Zidan said upon arriving in Algiers.

Next year, the countries plan to hold trade fairs and an economic forum, as part of "bilateral co-operation in the areas of business, trade, finance and investment", and both nations will consider lifting visa requirements for travel across the border.

Algeria and Libya also reportedly expressed their shared desire to see the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) project come to fruition.

(Source: Magharebia)

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