Senior army officials from the 5 + 5 Defence Initiative met on Tuesday in Algiers to assess the progress of the 2016 action plan and finalize the 2017 plan.
The “5+5 Defence” initiative is an informal political forum that brings together five countries from the Arab Maghreb Union in the Mediterranean southern shore: (Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia) and five countries of the European Union in the Mediterranean northern shore (France, Spain, Italy, Malta and Portugal).
Algeria holds the rotating presidency of the “5+5 Defence” initiative for 2016 in line with the Statement of Intent signed in Paris, in December 2004 by the Defense Ministers of the Ten member countries, as well as their joint declaration signed in Tunis in December 2015
“The multilateral cooperation that brings us through these high-level meetings, exercises, seminars and projects are crucial for our effective and strong common determination to face the threats that exist in our geographical space,” Major General Salah Aoura, Director of External Relations and Cooperation at Algeria’s Defence Ministry, said in his opening speech.
He added that the worrying situation in the region and its impact on the political arena “demonstrate the necessity to preserve our achievements and continue our dialogue that reflects our aspirations for stability and security.”
The “5+5 Defence” initiative was created in Rome on 10 December 1990 with the aim of reinforcing and enriching the political, economic and cultural dialogue between the two banks of the Mediterranean.