ALGERIAN PM SELLAL IN BAMAKO FOR JOINT COMMISSION MEETING

ALGIERS,-- Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal has left for Bamako, where he will co-chair with his Malian counterpart, Madibo Keita, the 12th session of the Algerian-Malian High Joint Commission taking place on Thursday.

"Bilateral relations and economic, scientific, technical and social co-operation, as well as administrative, security and legal issues will be examined during the visit, with a view to strengthening co-operation between the two countries," the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement here Wednesday.

"Several agreements in different fields will be signed during this major meeting," added the statement.

The Premier, who is accompanied by a ministerial delegation, will also hold discussions with top Malian officials on issues of common interest, said the statement.

This is the 12 meeting of the two countries joint commission but the first under the name of High Joint Co-operation Commission, following the decision of the leaders of the two countries to elevate its status with a view to enhancing economic, trade and social co-operation to the level of their political and security co-operation.

Algeiran President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita decided during the latter's last visit to Algeria to strengthen the long-standing relations of friendship, solidarity and good neighbourliness between Algeria and Mali and enhance them to a level commensurate with the aspirations of the peoples of the two countries.

Ahead of the high joint commission session, Algerian and Malian experts held a meeting to examine the different issues to be place on the agenda.

In addition, Algerian and Malian businessmen will meet for the first time on the sidelines of the High Joint Commission's session, in line with the directives of the two Heads of State to identify concrete co-operation actions.

Source: Nam News Network