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AU, SCO ANTI-TERROR ORGANS SIGN COOPERATION DEAL ON FIGHTING TERRORISM

ALGIERS, Algeria- The anti-terror organs of the African Union (AU) and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) on fighting terrorism.

The deal was signed by Larry Gbevlo-Lartey, director of AU's African Centre for Studies and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT), and Yevgeniy Sergeyevich Sysoyev, head of SCO's Regional Anti-terrorist Structure (SCO RATS), after two years of negotiations.

It will allow both sides to cooperate through the sharing of experiences and good practises in the field of anti-terror fight.

"The ACSRT is an important structure of the African Union Commission and we need to cooperate with other institutions, to look for appropriate and adequate ways for better cooperation," Gbevlo-Lartey said.

He added, "The MOC will enable the establishment of a work plan and the identification of practical steps on which we will cooperate in terms of sharing experiences and information on terrorism in the two regions."

For his part, Sysoyev said, the deal will enable the two sides to exchange expertise and best practises in the fight against terrorism, and the best methods and mechanisms to deal with terrorist threat.

SCO, established in 2001 in Shanghai, China, groups eight countries, including, China, Russia, India, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Pakistan.

ACSRT, established by the AU in 2004, in Algiers, aims to complement the international anti-terror fight, by strengthening cooperation among African countries, to prevent and combat terrorism.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK