NOUAKCHOTT, 9 January 2021 – Algeria and Mauritania are seeking ways of strengthening cooperation on efforts to fight cross-border counter-terrorism.

We committed to improve intelligence sharing and committed to boost military cooperation.

Locating Mauritania

Locating Maurtania Source Aberfoyler International Security

The two countries look to promote joint operations that improve the ability of our armies to secure our common borders, said Said Chengriha, the Algerian Army Chief of Staff.

He spoke after an audience in Algies with his Mauritanian counterpart, Major General Mohamed Bamba Meguett.

Human trafficking, religious extremism, armed robbery, terrorism, drugs and illicit arms trade and proliferaton have left countries of the Maghreb and Sahel regions entangled in violent conflicts since the ousting in 2011 of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

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Maj. Gen. Meguet Photo Senalioune

Maj. Gen. Bamba Meguett discussed concerns over renewed clashes between Moroccan forces and Polisario Front fighters in the Guerguerat crossing in Western Sahara.

A Joint Military Staff Committeewas set up in 2009 to counter terrorism threats from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its affiliates in the Sahel region.

The committee brings together the military commands of Algeria, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

Critics say the committee effectively became redundant once the French decided to deploy no fewer than 5,100 of their troops across the Sahel to coordinate the same objective.

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