Norwegian Ambassador to Algeria Pays a Courtesy call to the ACSRT

Norwegian Amb visit

On 23 September 2014, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, AU Special Counter-Terrorism Cooperation Representative and Director of the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism received the newly appointed Norwegian Ambassador to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, H.E Arne Gjermundsen.

The meeting was an opportunity to place emphasis on the current and emerging terrorism situation in Africa and the African Union’s CT strategy. Ambassador Madeira said that Africa is particularly vulnerable to the spread of terrorism and related crimes because of widespread poverty, illiteracy, high unemployment, insufficient resources, and porous borders. The African Union is working to achieve peace and security in close collaboration with a number of regional and international partners amidst challenges such as organized crime, trafficking, radicalization, violent extremism and money laundering. ACSRT’s work focuses on improving AU Member States’ threat awareness and preparedness, developing adequate capabilities and enhancing engagement with partner countries and other international actors.

The meeting was also an opportunity to exchange views on issues of mutual interest, including the latest developments and trends of terrorism, the war against the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) and its links with North Africa and the Sahel, terrorist groups’ activities threatening peace and stability in a number of African countries, particularly groups like Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen, Al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Boko Haram. In this vein, both leaders agreed that terrorism and ideologically induced violence threaten regional and international peace, and gravely undermine economic and social development.

H.E Ambassador Gjermundsen availed himself of this opportunity to express the readiness of his government to build a bilateral relationship with the ACSRT and help the Centre to fulfil its mandate.

Both sides expressed conviction that terrorism is a global threat and cuts across borders, nationality and religion. It therefore requires sound policies, concerted effort, and international cooperation to tackle. It is a challenge that the international community must rise up to together.