Algerian Interior Minister Kamal Beldjud has assured that his government is already working to ensure the safety of all regions of the country following the recent deaths of three truck drivers in Western Sahara, a “criminal act” for which Algiers has directly blamed the Moroccan armed forces .
“We are working to ensure the security of all regions in the country,” Beldjud said in a press release during a meeting with the Mauritanian authorities that focused on border issues and where the attack on the three truck drivers took place on November 1st.
For his part, the Mauritanian Interior Minister Mohamed Salem Ould Merzoug has pledged on behalf of his government to work for “good neighbors” and recalls the “historical” relations that unite Algeria and Mauritania, “two brothers of nations,” reports the Algerian news agency APS .
This good harmony will be reflected in a joint security commission that will “propose measures” to guarantee the stability and integrity of the two countries, said the Algerian interior minister. Beldjud hopes it will help contain threats, “especially in the border area”.
The truck drivers who were killed had just returned from Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania, when they were allegedly subjected to attacks from Morocco. Algiers then defended that they had made a routine commercial trip and vowed that the incident would not go unpunished, although it did not provide any further details on the matter.
Algeria had broken diplomatic relations with Morocco back in August, citing a number of circumstances, including the lack of progress in settling the dispute over Western Sahara.