APS : Tuesday, 28 February 2017
ALGIERS-Algeria and the Netherlands expressed Monday in Algiers their willingness to boost bilateral cooperation following the 1st session of political consultations between the two countries,
co-chaired by Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry Hassane Rabehi and his Dutch counterpart Joke Brandt.
In a statement to the press after the meeting, Rabehi stated this session was an opportunity to “assess the state of relations between the two countries and seek the means to boost them.”
The meeting is held as part of the impetus given to bilateral relations in the recent years, notably after the 2nd Algerian-Dutch joint committee held in The Hague.
“Both countries have great resources that allow them develop their cooperation,” said Rabehi, who stressed “political willingness to back these efforts and make these relations exceptional and strong.”
“I hope bilateral relations will be further strengthened in the upcoming years, particularly in agriculture, industry, SMEs, energy and renewable energy,” said Rabehi.
For her part, Brandt stated discussions “were intense” and allowed broach prospects for the development of multifaceted bilateral cooperation to “build strong relations” between the two countries.
Discussions also focused on political, economic and consular cooperation, as well as regional issues, said the Dutch official.