Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been nominated as Africa Coordinator for Combating Terrorism during a ceremony for the outgoing and incoming Commissions of the African Union, in Addis Ababa yesterday.
The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal who acted as the personal representative of the President of the Republic. The announcement was made by President-in-Office of the AU, Alpha Condé, to members of the Bureau of the Conference, in recognition and honour of Algeria's "personal and renewed commitment" in the fight against international terrorism.
The ceremony also recognised the significant and proven contribution of Algeria in international mobilisation around the fight against this scourge.
This trust is a "strong testimony" to the policies Algeria has carried out in order to stabilise the country and its achievements in the political, economic and social fields, "thanks to the policy of dialogue, national reconciliation and civil concord."
The AU also commended the country for its role and personal commitment to the resolution of conflicts in Africa through political dialogue.
Algeria has played a major role in mediating a solution for conflict-ridden Libya and has vehemently opposed any Western interference in the region's affairs.
The North African country has been involved in a few successful anti-terror operations in recent weeks as it battles militant operatives in the country.
The region has seen a decrease in its security standing as militants fighting in Libya, who have faced major setbacks, attempt to move to Libya's neighbouring states to continue their operations.