ALGERIA, FRANCE WILLING TO MOVE TIES TO NEW STAGE

ALGIERS, -- Algeria and France are willing to move their bilateral relationship

to a "qualitatively new stage", in accordance with the orientations of their Heads of State, says the General Secretary of the Algerian Foreign Ministry, Hassen Rabehi.

He told the media after a working meeting with his French counterpart, Christian Masset, here Tuesday that the two sides had affirmed their attachment to move their bilateral relations to a qualitatively new stage, "in accordance with the orientations of Presidents Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Francois Hollande".

Rabehi and Masset had presided over the 3rd session of the follow-up committee of the High-Level Inter-Governmental and Strategic Dialogue Committee between Algeria and France.

"This meeting has been an appropriate framework to assess the evolution of the bilateral co-operation in all the fields and discuss the timetable of the meetings and the co-operation projects which are to be concluded in the future," Rabehi added.

He said that he and Masset examined the regional issues of common interest, "highlighting the principles, notably that of non-interference in other countries' internal affairs, respect of international law and peaceful settlement of conflicts".

"We are very satisfied with the outcomes of our candid talks, marked with sincere willingness to deepen and consolidate the relations between the two countries," he added.

The Secretary-General of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation described as "extraordinarily large" his country's relations with Algeria, adding that the bilateral co-operation in the field of employment, movement of persons, health, education, higher education and scientific research had been also examined during the meeting.

"We have a unique and extremely productive relationship," he said, adding that their cooperation "is in full swing" since President Hollande's State visit to Algeria in 2012.

Source: Nam News Network