The Arab interior ministers will be meeting in Algiers on Wednesday for an intensive agenda and responsibilities in the light of the current diplomatic and security crises stemming from the repercussions of the so-called “Arab Spring”, which has brought people and their governments into a whirlpool that calls for an urgent solution to the dismantling of such time bombs. The latter will have to seek adequate means of confronting the “Daesh” terrorist organization, solving the nagging refugee crisis, and dealing efficiently with the illegal migration and transnational crime.
Algeria reiterated its commitment to supporting Arab coordination and cooperation, particularly on security issues, by firmly combating terrorism and organized crime, by agreeing to host the 35th Session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Interior on Wednesday and Thursday at the International Conference Center “Abdellatif Rahal” in Algiers after Lebanon apologized for not hosting the event at the last minute.
The security file will be at the top of the agenda of the meeting, given the “serious” situation now prevailing in the Middle East and North Africa, which calls for maximum coordination among the countries concerned, especially as Algeria leads an initiative to resolve the political and security crisis in Libya through the fostering of a national dialogue there.
Referring to a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior and Local Assemblies, “Echorouk” reports that the session will discuss a number of important topics on the agenda, including the report of the Secretary General of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers on the work of the Secretariat between the Council’s 34th and 35th sessions, as well as the Ninth Arab Security Plan, in addition to the seventh draft plan for the Arab strategy for road traffic safety, as well as a draft phased plan for the implementation of the Arab strategy for intellectual security.
The session also included the recommendations of the conferences and meetings held within the Secretariat during 2017, the results of joint meetings with Arab and international bodies during the past year, and a number of other important topics.
The ministers’ upcoming session will be preceded by a preparatory meeting to be held on Monday, headed by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Interior, Local assemblies and country Planning Mr. Salahedine Dahmoune, and the Secretary General of the Council of Arab Ministers of Interior Mr. Mohamed Ben Ali Koumen, to study the items on the agenda and to work out draft resolutions for presentation to the 35th Algiers session.
In addition to the Ministers of Interior of the Arab States, high security delegations and representatives of the League of Arab States, the Arab Maghreb Union, the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), the United Nations Office for Combating Terrorism, the Counter-Terrorism Project for the Middle East and North Africa, Naif Arab University Of the Security Sciences and the Western Sports Federation of Police will also be in attendance.