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ALGERIAN FM ATTENDING EU-ARAB LEAGURE MEETING IN ATHENS

ALGIERS, June 10 — Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra is participating in the 3rd European Union-Arab League Foreign Ministers Meeting taking place in Athens on Tuesday and Wednesday, the ministry said in a statement here Monday.

He is attending the conference at the invitations of Catherine Ashton, Vice-President of the European Commission (EC) and the EU High Representative Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Greek Vice-Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Evangelos Venizelos, said the statement.

The meeting, which is taking place after the last conference held in Cairo in November 2012, will see the foreign ministers of the two sides holdings consultations and sharing views on regional and international issues of common interest, including the conflict in the Middle East, the situation in Syria, the fight against terrorism and organized crime as well as ways to boost dialogue and co-operation.

Lamamra will set out Algeria’s positions on the various topics included in the meeting’s agenda and will also reiterate Algeria’s unwavering support for a quick solution to the Palestinian issue that is just, lasting and definitive, based on the United Nations resolutions on the Middle East, to make it a nuclear-free region.

Concerning Syria, Lamamra will present Algeria’s position which is “favourable to peaceful settlement of the crisis and an inclusive dialogue among parties in conflict, so as to protect the Syrian people from more sufferings and their country from more destruction”, the statement said.

As for other issues related to changes in the countries of the region and on the fight against terrorism, Lamamra will focus his interventions on Algeria’s solidarity with the countries affected by internal changes, by “increasingly” reinforcing bilateral relations, as well as to call for effective co-operation against all forms of terrorism and transnational organized crime.

The conference will wrap up with a statement and a strategic roadmap that endorses the consensus of both the EU and the Arab League on “issues of common interest and priorities of dialogue and co-operation”.

SOURCE: APS