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Tunisian Minister of Interior discusses deepening security cooperation with Algeria

Algerian Prime Minister, Ahmed Ouyahia [Stocknewspaper/Facebook]
Former Algerian Prime Minister, Ahmed Ouyahia, 26 September 2017 [Stocknewspaper/Facebook]

Algerian sources have revealed an Algerian-Tunisian security agreement, wherein Algeria will train Tunisian security officers in forensic analysis.

This came during a visit by Tunisian Minister of Interior Lotfi Ebrahem to Algeria earlier this week who his meet with his Algerian counterpart Noureddine Bedoui and then with Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia.

The official Algeria Press Service (APS), described Ebrahem's visit as part of a deeping relationship between the two countries.

The Tunisian Minister of Interior visited the National Institute of Forensic Sciences and Criminology in Bouchaoui (Algeria), where he received extensive explanations on the Institute's mission.

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There has been a recent the deterioration of internal security in Tunisia, as a result of protests against high prices, that has resulted in the burning and looting of a number of public and private institutions.

The visit also comes amid fears of a deterioration of the security situation in Libya, where the United Nations' efforts have so far failed to end the crisis.

In an interview with Quds Press in London, Karim Moulai, an Algerian security expert said that the Algerian-Tunisian security coordination is not limited to training the Tunisian security officers on forensic evidence, but is a much deeper coordination which dates back years.

He went on: "We have to remember that Algeria, which Tunisians describe as the dear neighbouring country, has always had a security relationship with the official authorities in Tunisia since the days of the deceased Habib Bourguiba and during the rule of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali."

He added: "The Algerian-Tunisian security relations have been deepened after the overthrow of Ben Ali's regime, and Algeria dealt with the new rulers of Tunisia in the security field."

Moulai pointed out that Algeria paid great attention to Tunisia through moving its veteran ambassador Abdelkader Hadjar, who is known for his diplomatic and security expertise, from Cairo to Tunisia to manage the matter of relations with Tunisia.

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