ALGIERS– Algeria and the European Union vowed to reinforce mutual dialogue to maintain regional and international peace and security.

The remarks came during the 2nd High-Level Dialogue on Regional Security and Counter-terrorism which was held in Algiers.

The dialogue was co-chaired by Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel and EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

During the Monday meeting, Messahel reiterated Algeria’s point of view in terms of solving conflicts and crisis hitting several countries in the region, including Libya and Mali.

“This dialogue is based on values that are likely to contribute to promoting good neighborhood, equality of interests, non-interference in the affairs of states as well as setting dialogue and peaceful options for the resolution of crisis and conflicts,” said Messahel.

He further urged the EU to back-up Algeria’s efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region.

“We expect this dialogue to pave way for better mutual understanding and correct analysis of our respective preoccupations as well as further coordination of efforts and actions for the sake of peace, security and stability both regionally and globally,” according to Messahel.

For Mogherini, the European bloc and the North African nation face common challenges as they are required to work together to face them.

She noted that “challenges emerging in our mutual neighborhood make Algeria and the EU privileged partners on security issues.”

Mogherini also hailed “the key role played by Algeria in terms of reaching peaceful solutions for regional conflicts and crisis.”

Mogherini was referring to diplomatic efforts of Algeria to restore peace in neighboring Libya and Mali.

Illegal migration was also in the agenda of this dialogue.

The EU is expecting more efforts from Algeria to deter illegal migrants from departing from its lands to reach Europe.

“This dialogue has been an excellent opportunity to further develop regional cooperation and also to improve cooperation between Algeria and Europe in face of terrorism and organized crime,” Mogherini said.

Upon her arrival at Houari Boumediene International Airport of Algiers on Monday, Mogherini told reporters that “Algeria and the EU are natural partners in the high-level dialogue on security and the war on terror.”

Mogherini, also vice president of the European Commission, noted that she will hold talks with Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel over several issues of mutual interest.

Such issues will include the civil war in Libya, the situation in the Sahel region as well as bilateral cooperation in economic, scientific and energy fields, she said.

The EU and Algeria have agreed on partnership priorities for the period of 2018-2020, with political dialogue, and comprehensive social and economic development as the focus.