Tunisia and Algeria held meetings this week to discuss border security and increasing their cooperation against Islamist militants less than a week after Algeria announced it had killed six militants near El Oued.
The Tunisian Minister of the Interior, Hedi Majdoub visited Algeria’s National Security Command and Control Centre and met with his Algerian counterpart, Noureddine Bedoui, as well as Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal on Thursday, March 24.
According to Algeria’s state news agency, Bedoui said at a press conference following their meeting that “the current situation requires greater coordination and complementarity between the two countries and a unified vision to preserve their security and stability,”
Bedoui added “the meeting is in line with the political willingness of the two countries and the directives of President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who emphasized the need to enhance the Algerian-Tunisian relations.”
In mid-February the Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs Khemaies Jhinaoui met with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to discuss regional security and the possible impact of foreign military intervention in the two countries mutual neighbor, Libya.
Tunisia’s Ministry of the Interior released an official statement which added “The Algerian side reiterated its intention to support Tunisia in the fight against terrorism, and expressed its readiness to respond to all requests especially for the exchange of experts or special training.”
The meeting between the interior ministers on border security comes only several days after the Algerian Defense Ministry announced it had killed six Islamist militants and seized several weapons on the Tunisian Algerian border near El Oued, on Monday, March 21.