14/01/18 – Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga on Saturday hailed Algeria’s « availability » to support Mali in the recovery of peace and stability.
« The meeting I had with my Algerian counterpart has been an opportunity to witness the Algerian availability to stand by the side of Mali so we can progress in the country’s stabilization process, » Maïga told a news briefing held with Premier Ahmed Ouyahia.
Recalling that the Malian peace and reconciliation agreement has resulted from Algiers talks process, Maïga said that Algeria « plays an important and major role, concerning peace, stability and security in Mali and in the sub-region, » expressing the wish of the Malian authorities to « make considerable advances » and be able to stabilize all the country.
He recalled that during the 1960s, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika had stayed in GAO (North of Mali), where he was leader of the Southern front of the National Revolution. Maïga also said that his country « wants to draw on the Algerian experience in terms of national reconciliation, » stressing that this experience « constitute a good example. »
He added that his visit to Algeria has been an opportunity to « evaluate the Algerian-Malian relations and consider giving them a new impetus » by mastering the « security issues ».
The Malian Prime Minister is on a two-day working visit to Algeria as of Saturday