ALGIERS,– Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal has received Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallstrom, who is on a working visit to Algeria.

“It was an opportunity to examine bilateral relations in various areas of common interest,” said a statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister after the visit Thursday.

The statement added that the long-standing relations between the two countries were based on mutual respect and trust which were underlined by the two officials, who expressed hope to further strengthen them.

“To that end, they called on institutions as well as economic operators of the two countries to engage in consultation for a mutually beneficial co-operation,” the statement said.

“The two sides broached several international issues of common interest, particularly those relating to major conflicts which continue to affect global stability, and on which a full convergence of views has been noticed.”

Also present at the meeting was Minister of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Ramtane Lamamra.

Following a separate meeting between Lamamra and Wallstrom, the Algerian Minister tol the media that relations between the two countries “are destined to further develop and reach the stage of qualitative partnership”.

He expressed the wish that future exchange of visits between officials of the two countries would contribute to “achieving progress” towards that.

Bilateral relations between Algeria and Sweden, he said, “date back to the 18th century, but were especially marked, during the Algerian Revolution (1954-1962), by the support of the Swedish people, shown by the help provided by key Swedish figures, political circles and civil society”.

Official relations started after 1962 and were distinguished by friendship, considering the various visits made at different levels, he added.

Lamamra underlined the high esteem, in Algeria, for the late Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, and his relations with Algerian officials, especially President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Lamamra stressed Algeria-Swedish cooperation in providing support to just causes in Africa and pushing for “balanced” international co-operation between the North and the South.


Source: Name News Network

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