The Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra, stopped Friday in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, carrying with him a message from the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, to his counterpart, Felix Tshisekedi Tshilombo, containing “concrete proposals” to fight terrorism in the Sahel and Sahara region, according to a press release issued by the Ministry.
“During his stop on Friday in Kinshasa, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad, Mr. Ramtane Lamamra, who was carrying with him a letter from the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, to Mr. Félix Tshisekedi Tshilombo, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and current Chair of the African Union, held consultations with Mr. Christophe Lotendola, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.”
The same source explained that “the message of the President of the Republic falls within the framework of Algeria’s exercise of its mandate as a coordinator to combat terrorism and violent extremism in Africa, a mandate entrusted to it by the Forum of Heads of State and Government of the African Union.”
According to the communiqué, the message of the President of the Republic “is related to the exacerbation of the terrorist threat in Africa, especially in the Sahel and Sahara region, and it also includes concrete proposals that would stimulate the work of institutions and strengthen the mechanisms established by the African Union in the context of combating this phenomenon.”
The ministry added that “this initiative of the President of the Republic is part of Algeria’s firm commitment to the organized response of the international community against the phenomenon of terrorism, its causes and manifestations, at the local, regional and global levels.”
The talks between Lamamra and Lutendola also focused on the status of bilateral relations and prospects for strengthening them, in addition to the main issues on the agenda of the African Union in anticipation of upcoming dates at the continental and international levels, according to the same source.