n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - Algeria and Tunisia's cautious alliance - despite differences in governments, the conjoining countries share security objectives - : North Africa - issue in focus

Volume 2013, Issue 11
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Bilateral security was the agenda when Rached Ghannouchi, the leader of Tunisia's ruling party, Ennahda, travelled to Algeria on 10 September 2013 to meet with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Their meeting, which focused on the Maghreb's growing state of lawlessness and Tunisia's political crisis, underscored the growing value that both Algerian and Tunisian authorities place on their bilateral relationship. Ultimately, authorities in Algiers and Tunis hold a common understanding of the threat that al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) poses to all North African countries. Moreover, both governments understand that their militaries cannot effectively counter AQIM unilaterally. Therefore, coordinated bilateral efforts must be pursued, given AQIM's transnational nature and set of objectives.

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