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Algeria, Mauritania to open first border crossing

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika approves plan to open first border crossing linking North African neighbors

22.05.2018
Algeria, Mauritania to open first border crossing

By Abdul Razzaq bin Abdullah

ALGIERS

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has approved a plan to open the first border crossing between Algeria and Mauritania following an agreement signed between the two countries last year.

The Algeria Press Service on Tuesday quoted a statement released by Algeria’s presidency saying Bouteflika had signed the decree on Monday.

Last November, Algerian Interior Minister Noureddine Badawi and Mauritanian counterpart Ahmed Ould Abdallah inked a deal to establish the first border crossing linking the North African neighbors.

Officials from both countries said earlier that the planned crossing -- linking the Algerian city of Tindouf to the Mauritanian city of Zawierat -- would “facilitate the movement of people and goods and stimulate bilateral trade”.

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