APS : Thursday, 09 November 2017
ALGIERS-Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel and British Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Economic Partnership with Algeria, Lord Richard Risby on Wednesday discussed the enhancement of British investments in Algeria and the means to broaden them to other areas.
In a statement to the press following his meeting with British PM’s representative, Messahel said that discussions focused on economic relations, which he called “very important,” in addition to the means to broaden economic cooperation to other areas.”
British companies are present in Algeria since many years and particularly operate in the areas of energy, pharmaceutical industry, training and education, said Messahel, stressing that other fields are open to British operators to engage in partnerships and invest in Algeria.
Lord Risby knows Algeria very well and its strengths, said Messahel.
For his part, the British official affirmed that Algeria was “a safe and stable country,” stressing that his visit to Algeria will allow him to discuss with Algerian partners investment and partnership opportunities in other areas, as well as already existing ones.
Both officials also discussed the Finance Minister’s Abderrahmane Raouya recent visit to Great Britain, which focused on financial cooperation.
Besides, Messahel stated that he examined with Lord Risby the “privileged” relations between both countries in the political field through “continuous consultation.”
Discussions between both officials focused on “the situation in the Sahel region and Libya” as well as cooperation and coordination in counterterrorism.
As regards the fight against terrorism, the minister recalled the existence of a bilateral mechanism that meets twice a year to examine the issues related to counterterrorism and fundamentalism.
In this regard, Messahel presented Algeria’s experience in the fight against terrorism and fundamentalism, and the return of foreign combatants.”
“Stability in our region, including both in the Mediterranean, the Sahel or the Maghreb, matters to us,” stressed the Foreign Minister.
For his part, Lord Risby affirmed that his meeting with Messahel was an opportunity to focus on privileged bilateral relations between Algeria and the UK, and emphasised the convergence of views on current international issues.
The British official hailed Algeria’s role in the region and emphasized the coincidence of his visit to Algeria with the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Allied Invasion of North Africa (Operation Torch).