Algeria, Mauritania to open first border crossing

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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