RIYADH, — Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal says his official visit to Saudi Arabia has been a success at all levels and has enabled both countries to reinforce bilateral ties and boost co-operation to forge a beneficial partnership.

Speaking at a meeting the members of the Algerian community in Saudi Arabia here Wednesday, Sellal said the Saudi officials he had met were totally receptive to these initiatives, which represented a “positive and strong signal” to give fresh impetus to Algerian-Saudi relations, chiefly in the economic field.

“With our Saudi brothers, we will build strategic relations which will help us to preserve our mutual interests and defend Islam, which some want to distort,” added the Prime Minister.

He also welcomed the strong relations between Algeria and Saudi Arabia and the solid ties that linked the two peoples.

During his two-day visit to the kingdom, Sellal had been received by King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to whom he handed over two messages from President Abdelaziz Bouteflika — the first containing the president’s condolences to the king following the death of his brother, Prince Turki Bin Abdulaziz, and the second containing the “fraternal greetings” from President Bouteflika to King Salman.

He also held talks Crown Prince and First Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Interior Muhammad bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud; Vice Crown Prince and Defence Minister Prince Mohamed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al- Saud; State Minister for Foreign Affairs Nizar bin Obaid Madani, Minister for Labour and Social Development Mufarrej bin Saad Al-Haqubani, Minister of Commerce and Investment Majed al Qasabi and the Manager of the Saudi Fund for Public Investment, Yasir Al Rumayyan.

The talks between the two sides covered assessments of bilateral relations and reviews of the ways and means of consolidating them in various fields in addition to the exchange of views on international and regional issues of common interest. –

Source: Nam News Network

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