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NATO Military Committee Chairman pays visit to Egypt

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Comments Off

General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee visited Cairo, Egypt on 6-7 March 17. During his visit he met with the Chief of staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces, General Mahmoud Hegazy. The Generals discussed global security and regional challenges, with a special focus on the current situation in Libya. They also exchanged […]

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Geneva talks to focus on Syria and Libya situation

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Comments Off

The Geneva Peace talks on Syria and the worsening situation in Libya were the two topics that dominated headlines in the region’s papers. The talks in Geneva ended with the modest hope that the two sides to the conflict realise that dialogue is the only viable option left to settle the six-year old conflict, which […]

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Spanish FM hails Algeria’s role in North Africa region

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Comments Off

Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Alfonso Maria Dastis Quecedo on Wednesday has hailed Algeria’s role in North Africa and in the Mediterranean region. “Spain and Algeria are neighbouring countries and strategic partners. Spain attaches great importance to Algeria’s role as a pole of stability in North Africa and in the Mediterranean,” said Dastis […]

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Spanish FM visits Algeria to discuss bilateral relations

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Comments Off

Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Maria Dastis Quecedo stressed Wednesday enhancing bilateral relations with Algeria. At the invitation of his Algerian counterpart Ramtane Lamamra, Quecedo arrived in Algiers Wednesday for a two-day visit.

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Ex-general forms rebel group to topple S Sudan leader

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Comments Off

A former South Sudanese general has announced the formation of a new rebel group aimed at overthrowing the government after more than three years of civil war. Lieutenant-General Thomas Cirillo Swaka quit last month issuing a stinging indictment of President Salva Kiir’s regime, which he accused of carrying out a “tribally engineered war”.

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Morocco says determined to develop Western Sahara

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Comments Off

Morocco is “more determined than ever” to develop the Western Sahara, Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad said on Wednesday on a two-day visit to the disputed territory. Rabat insists the former Spanish colony is an integral part of its kingdom, but the Algeria-based Polisario Front demands a referendum on self-determination there.

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South Sudan genocide risk ‘considerably diminished’ : UN head

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Comments Off

The risk of genocide in South Sudan has “considerably diminished” though much fighting there continues, the United Nations secretary-general said on Wednesday. Antonio Guterres made the comment in response to a reporter’s question about a new UN report saying warning signs for genocide are in place in South Sudan.

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East Libyan planes strike rival faction for fifth day near oil ports

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Comments Off

East Libyan forces carried out a fifth day of air strikes on Tuesday against a rival faction that overran the major oil ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, officials and residents said. The eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) have been battling for control in Libya’s eastern Oil Crescent […]

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Libya’s eastern parliament quits UN peace deal with Tripoli

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Comments Off

Libya’s eastern parliament voted Tuesday to withdraw its support for a United Nations peace deal and Government of National Accord, stoking concerns that recent violence in the fractured country could escalate. Abdullah Ablaihig, spokesman for the Tobruk-based, internationally recognized House of Representatives, said the body voted to annul its previous acceptance of a presidential council […]

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EU and Egypt agree on strategic partnership for the next three years

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Comments Off

The Egyptian foreign minister’s visit to Brussels has launched a new phase of strategic partnership between Egypt and the European Union, paving the way for an EU-Egypt association agreement in the upcoming period, the ministry said on Tuesday. The agreement — which has been under negotiation since February 2016 — would frame the country’s relationship […]

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Messahel, Egyptian FM hold discussions in Cairo

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Comments Off

Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel has held talks with Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry. “We have discussed Arab issues as well as challenges facing the Arab nation and means to strengthen cooperation to support Arab League mechanisms,” said Shoukry following his discussions with Messahel on the sidelines […]

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Algeria inaugurates new military air base to secure border

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Comments Off

Algeria on Monday inaugurated a new air base in the southernmost province of Tamenrasset, as part of the North African nation’s efforts to secure its border. The deployment of Hassi Tiririne air base was officially inaugurated by Deputy Defense Minister, Army Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaid Salah, a statement of Defense Ministry said.

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Two terrorists killed, two captured in northern Algeria

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Comments Off

Algerian counter-terrorism troops on Monday killed two terrorists and captured two others in the locality of Dellys, in the province of Boumerdes, 70 km eastern Algiers, said Defense Ministry in a statement.

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Algeria to work for Arab League reform, peaceful resolution of crises

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Comments Off

Algeria will work, during its term as chair of the Arab Foreign Ministers Council, for the reform of the Arab League and the peaceful settlement of Arab crises, through inclusive dialogue, the relaunch of political process and national reconciliation, said Tuesday in Cairo Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel.

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Algeria pursues efforts to resolve crisis in Libya, says Messahel

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Comments Off

Minister of Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel said Algeria pursued its effort to find a solution to the crisis in Libya, highlighting Algeria’s experience in national reconciliation.

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Algeria Approves Three Axes in Anticipation of Tripartite Summit on Libya

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Comments Off

The Algerian Minister of Maghreb, AU and Arab League Affairs Abdul Gader Msahel has said that his country had adopted three axses in anticipation of the tripartite summit of Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia. The three axses were designed to narrow the gap between Libyan antagonists, in a bid to find a solution to the crisis, […]

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Tunisia military clashes with jihadists in Kasserine

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Comments Off

Tunisian military units clashed on Tuesday with some jihadists and killed two of them in Kasserine, central west of Tunisia, a medical source said. A soldier was also slightly injured, said the source at the regional hospital of Kasserine. Tunisian defense ministry said that the military operation is still in progress, which was launched Tuesday […]

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India, Tunisia discuss security issues

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Comments Off

India and Tunisia identified terrorism as the most dangerous menace to prosperity and international stability as Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar held bilateral talks with the top leadership of the North African country.

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UN Welcomes Ceasefire in Abu Salim

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Comments Off

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya ‘UNSMIL’ has welcomed the ceasefire agreement regarding the events in Abu Salim neighborhood in Tripoli. The Head of UNSMIL Martin Kobler paid tribute, in a statement on Saturday, to efforts of the Presidency Council and the notables of Tarhuna and Gharyan as well as the Supreme Council of

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Algeria’s ambassador to Egypt highlights role of national reconciliation in counterterrorism

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Comments Off

Algeria’s ambassador to Egypt and permanent delegate to the Arab League Nadir Larbaoui highlighted Tuesday in Sharm El Sheikh the role of national reconciliation initiated by President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism. In his address before participants in the Arab forum on counterterrorism and social development, Larbaoui […]

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Algiers to host next meeting of Libya’s neighbouring countries by end March

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Comments Off

The next meeting of Libya’s neighbouring countries would be held in Algiers by the end of March, announced Wednesday Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel. “The next meeting of Libya’s neighbouring countries will take place in Algeria by the end of March,” Messahel told the National Radio.

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Tuareg rebels join Mali army in operation against extremists

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Comments Off

Malian soldiers and former Tuareg rebels have staged their first joint patrol in northern Mali, a key step in a 2015 peace agreement meant to help calm a region under threat from multiple extremist and other armed groups. As helicopters with the UN peacekeeping mission hovered overhead last week, 50 men in distinctive blue turbans […]

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Thousands flee Boko Haram attacks around Nigeria’s Chibok

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Comments Off

Some 7 000 people have fled from villages around the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok because of Boko Haram attacks, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Wednesday. The IOM said an estimated 4 449 people or 740 households have fled to Chibok itself since February 25, “seeking safety following attacks or threats of […]

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Merkel to visit Egypt on March 2

Monday, February 27, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef has welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s scheduled visit for March 2, saying the visit will tackle the development of bilateral ties in all fields, which makes German the most important EU partner to Egypt. Youssef highlighted Egypt’s interests in pushing cooperation with Germany forward in all fields, especially economic and […]

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Egypt, US discuss military relations

Monday, February 27, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi met today with General Jospeh L. Votel, commander of the US Central Command (CENTCOM) to discuss bilateral relations, especially military cooperation, according to a press release by Egyptian presidency. The commander of the US Central Command is visiting Cairo to hold meetings with senior Egyptian officials to discuss a number […]

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US pledges support for Egypt counter-terrorism efforts

Monday, February 27, 2017 Comments Off

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson promised more aid for Cairo’s counter-terrorism efforts and economic development plan during a meeting with Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry in Washington on Monday, adding that the Washington considers Cairo a real partner in the Middle East. The two officials stressed during their meeting the special and strategic ties that […]

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3 policemen injured in suicide bomb attack in eastern Algeria

Monday, February 27, 2017 Comments Off

Three police officers were injured late on Sunday as a suicide bomber blew himself out near a police station in the eastern province of Constantine, local media reported. The terrorist attack occurred in the locality of Bab el Kantara in downtown Constantine, the bomber tried to blow himself out inside the police station, but was […]

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France condemns attack against Algerian police

Monday, February 27, 2017 Comments Off

France on Monday condemned an attack against an Algerian police station in the eastern city of Constantine a day earlier, an official statement said. Reports said police shot a suicide bomber and exploded his explosives belt as he approached the police post for an attack.

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UN voices concerns over MINURSO personnel expelled by Morocco

Monday, February 27, 2017 Comments Off

The UN peacekeeping operation department has expressed concerns over the MINURSO (UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara) personnel expelled by Morocco, noting that such an obstruction will affect the work of the UN mission.

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France sends backup to Niger after 16 troops killed

Monday, February 27, 2017 Comments Off

France is to send a contingent of counterterror forces to help the army in Niger after militants ambushed a military patrol killing 16, the defence ministry said. The decision, announced late on Saturday, was taken following a request from President Mahamadou Issoufou after Wednesday’s attack near the border with Mali.

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UN: Attack helicopters halt CAR rebels

Monday, February 27, 2017 Comments Off

The United Nations says its forces used attack helicopters to subdue rebels in Central African Republic. UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Monday that about 40 heavily armed rebels were just a few kilometers away from the town of Bambari.

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Tunisia says stability in Libya is imperative

Thursday, February 23, 2017 Comments Off

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has affirmed that stability in Libya and Tunisia are intertwined urging for intensive go-between efforts to reconcile the warring parties in the troubled nation. Tunisian Presidency said, in a statement released on Thursday, that the president made the affirmation during a meeting with the head of the supreme council in […]

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Algerian army destroys arms in Skikda

Thursday, February 23, 2017 Comments Off

One homemade cannon and seven mines were destroyed Wednesday, in Skikda, by Algeria People’s National army, said Thursday the National Defence Ministry in a communiqué. “As part of the fight against terrorism, a detachment of the Algerian Army destroyed on 22 February 2017, in Skikda (5th Military Region), one homemade cannon and seven mines,” said […]

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UNSC concerned about deadlock in Western Sahara peace process

Thursday, February 23, 2017 Comments Off

The Security Council, which gathered Wednesday, expressed its concern about the deadlock in Western Sahara peace process and the security risk in El Guergarat buffer zone. “Several members of the Security Council, including permanent members, expressed their preoccupation concerning the lack of negotiations between the two parties to the conflict,” the Polisario Front representative to […]

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16 rebels killed in fighting with army in DRC’s east

Thursday, February 23, 2017 Comments Off

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s army has killed at least 16 former members of a rebel group after they re-entered the country’s east, the military’s spokesperson said Thursday. Fighting near Rutshuru began on Wednesday and by Thursday the army had captured 68 former M23 rebels and 39 others surrendered, said Major Ndjike Kaiko.

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