In Nouakchott, Messahel was welcomed by his counterpart, Mr Isselkou Ould Ahmed Izidbih, and he was received in audience by President of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz to whom he delivered a message sent by President Abdelaziz_Bouteflika.
On this occasion, the Mauritanian President welcomed the « quality » of the bilateral relations, while indicating « his will to strengthen them further ». In this context, he placed a special emphasis on the importance of bilateral mechanisms that should be used to explore ways of boosting and diversifying cooperation between the two countries.
Messahel, for his part, « congratulated the state of implementation of the decisions taken at the 18th session of the Great Mixed Commission held in Algiers in December 2016 »
In this regard, the forthcoming opening of the border crossing is part of « this shared will to strengthen economic and trade exchanges between the two countries ».