ALGERIAN PM EMPHASIZES EXCELLET TIES WITH CUBA

HAVANA, -- Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal has stressed the excellent Algerian-Cuban relations, saying that the two countries will work together to further boost bilateral ties.

Sellal told journalists upon his arrival at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport Wednesday that his visit would be an opportunity to examine relations between the excellent two countries. "You know the strength of relations between the two countries, so it is a gesture of friendship and fraternity," he added.

The Prime Minister said he felt at home in Cuba, adding that relations between the two countries would be further strengthened. Sellal also said he carried a "message of friendship and fraternity" from President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to President Raul Castro and Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

"I'd like, on behalf of President Bouteflika and the Algerian people, to greet our Cuban sisters and brothers," he said, adding that he was in Cuba at the invitation of the highest authorities of the country.

The prime minister is accompanied by Minister of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Ramtane Lamamra and Minister of Health, Population and Hospital Reform Abdelmalek Boudiaf.

During his three-day official visit, at the invitation of the first deputy chairman of Cuba's Council of State and the Council of Ministers, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, Sellal is expected to have discussions with Cuban officials to exchange views on topical, international and regional issues of common interest.

Source: Nam News Network