On this occasion, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdelkader Messahel presented the Algerian approach in terms of counterterrorism and violent extremism and its experience in the field of de-radicalization.
Speaking about the issue of migration in the Mediterranean, Messahel said that:
- “migration represents, particularly with regard to the significant loss of lives recorded and the resurgence of the shameful practice of slavery by criminal networks operating in Libya, a transnational challenge of utmost importance.” ;
- the scourge of illegal migration “is encouraged by criminal smuggling networks that should be fought against with the utmost vigour,” adding that “this fight should not, in any way, serve as an excuse to fuel racism and xenophobia caused by the mass arrival of migrants on the European soil.” ;
- «Irregular migration can’t be dealt with without taking into account the link between this phenomenon, & other threats such as organized crime, drug trafficking, human trafficking, armed conflicts & political instability».