President Moussa Traore of Mali is in Algiere for talks with the Algerian President Houari Boumedienne on bilateral, African, and international leaves.
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Background: President Moussa Traore of Mali is in Algiere for talks with the Algerian President Houari Boumedienne on bilateral, African, and international leaves.
The tow leaders are expected to concentrate on problems of regional cooperation between countries bordering the Sahara.
At talks held last April which also included the leaders of Mauritania and Niger, the four nations agreed to define a regional cooperation policy. They announced they had formed a regional grouping.
President Traore's visit was preceded by a 48 hour round of talks between the Foreign Ministers of Algeria and Mali, Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflinka and Mr. Samba Sissoko.
SYNOPSIS: On Monday President Moussa Traore of Mali flew into Algiers Airport for an official visit to Algeria.
President Traore has come to Algeria for talks on bilateral, African, and international issues.
He was greeted at the airport by the Algerian President Houari Boumedienne. There was also floral tributes and a welcome from the Algerian Foreign Minister Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflinka.
Before the Mali President arrived there had been forty-eight hours of preliminary talks between Mr. Bouteflinka and the Mali Foreign Minister Mr. Samba Sissoko.
The Arab-Israeli crisis was one of the main international problems expected to be covered in the talks.
The problems Mall ??? after years of drought are also likely to be raised.
Relations between the countries bordering the Sahara are becoming increasingly close and the two Presidents are expected to concentrate on the problems of regional cooperation.
In April, after the opening of the first section of Trans-Sahara Highway, the leaders of Algeria, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger announced they had formed a loose regional group. They agreed to define a regional cooperation policy for their four countries.
Another topic will be the conference of non aligned nations which will begin in Algiers in September. It is not known how long President Traore's visit will last.