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Algeria and Zimbabwe reaffirmed their support to the efforts of the African Union (AU) in its quest for political solutions to the crises and conflicts in Africa.

In a joint communiqueacute released at the end of the State visit to Algeria by President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe, from 24 to 26 March, at the invitation of President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the two countries reaffirmed laquo the need to work towards the economic and social development of the Continent, particularly within the framework of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), within the context of Agenda 2063.

In this regard, the two heads of State reiteratedtheir support to the African Union’s efforts in its quest for political solutions to the crises and conflicts in Africa.

They also reaffirmed the need to work for making the African Union’s peace and security architecture operational through the establishment of the African standby Force.

In this context, Presidents Bouteflika and Mugabe appreciated the promising security cooperation that is evolving in the Sahel region, particularly within the framework of the process of Nouakchott.

Both leaders noted with concern about the proliferation of terrorist groups, drug trafficking and illicit flow of arms in the region.

They reaffirmed their commitment to combine their efforts with a view to fighting these scourges which threaten security and stability in the continent.

Presidents Bouteflika and Mugabe have expressed their support to the African Union’s efforts aimed at “fighting the terrorist group Boko Haram, particularly through the mandate given to the joint Multinational Force,” expressing their “solidarity” with the countries facing this scourge.

The two countries reiterated their “commitment to work for the adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism and of the Protocol on the criminalization of ransom payment to terrorist groups.”

While broaching the situation in Mali, President Bouteflika informed his Zimbabwean counterpart about the efforts led by Algeria to facilitate the settlement of this conflict.

For his part, President Mugabe welcomed the initialing, on 1 March 2015, of the peace and reconciliation agreement in Mali. He paid tribute to the role of Algeria in the conduct of the international mediation.

The two leaders invited all the Malian parties to observe the strict and rigorous implementation of this agreement and urged the international community to assist Mali in its efforts on economic and social development.

Moreover, they called upon all the Libyan parties- excluding the terrorist groups recognized as such by the United Nations- to take part, dutifully and in good faith, in the dialogue initiated by the UN special Representative of the Secretary General for Libya, Bernardino Leon, in order to achieve a political solution which safeguards the unity, territorial integrity, stability of the country and the cohesion of its people.

President Mugabe welcomed the holding, in Algiers, of the meeting bringing together leaders of parties and Libyan political activists in the context of the inter-Libyan dialogue conducted under the auspices of the UN, aimed at reaching a consensual political solution to the Libyan crisis and to the establishment of a national unity government.

Concerning the issue of Western Sahara, the two presidents reaffirmed their support to the efforts of the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki- moon and his special Envoy Christopher Ross, aimed at finding a just and lasting political settlement based on the exercise by the people of Western Sahara of their inalienable right to self-determination within a free, transparent and impartial referendum.

Both leaders broached the situation in the Middle East, reiterating their support for a just and lasting settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, recognizing the right of the Palestinian people to establish an independent State with El- Qods as its capital

Presidents Bouteflika and Mugabe called for a deep reform of the United Nations organization while reiterating their commitment to the Ezulwini consensus for the broader and more active involvement of the African countries in the decision-making process within this Organization.

Source : Algerie Presse Service