Extracts from the joint press briefing by Štefan FÜLE, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, and Habib Ben YAHIA, Secretary General of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU): extract
Première transmission: 18/01/2013
Brussels, Belgium - EC
Fin de production: 18/01/2013
On 18 January, Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, and Habib Ben Yahia, Secretary General of the Arab Maghreb Union, held a press point after their meeting in the European Commission.
They underlined that cooperation between Maghreb and EU is more important than ever in the light of recent events in Mali. They spoke about the launch initiatives in the areas of energy, transport, private sector and rural development.
Habib Ben Yahia underlined that security is a priority for the Maghreb region adding that Ministers of Interior will work on the issue together in the coming weeks. 'The aim is that our region won't become the 'new Afghanistan', he said.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of the speakers
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy: Clearly events in Mali and Algeria make the cooperation with the Maghreb region even more relevant. Today with Mister Ben Yahia, we have already discussed how we can act to implement at least part of our proposals, how can we launch concrete initiatives in the areas like energy, transport, private sector, rural development. And what is also very important developing a stronger link between our societies.
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||SOUNDBITE (in French) Habib Ben Yahia, Secretary General of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), saying that: This is our security belt in the South. The Ministers of Interior will gather in February to focus on the security issue. We will build a common platform on security in order that we could tackle this cross border challenge. The aim is that our region won't become the 'new Afghanistan'. We will gather in February to work together in order to make Maghreb a sustainable, stable and peaceful region and not to turn it into the 'new Afghanistan'.