Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn wrapped up on Monday his three-day official visit to Algeria. The PM who started the official visit by paying a tribute to the martyrs of the national liberation war in Martyr’s Sanctuary of Algiers, held bilateral talks with the Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and witnessed the signing of three cooperation agreements between the two countries.
During the bilateral talk with the Algerian president, Prime Minister Hailemariam hailed the excellent relations existing between the two countries especially in the political and diplomatic field. He also emphasized the need to work together towards strengthening and diversifying cooperation between the two countries particularly through the establishment of a strong economic partnership.
President Bouteflika, on his part, expressed the deep and historical relationship between the two countries and emphasized the need to redouble the two countries effort to cooperate on Economic, Social and Cultural field as well as on issues related to African peace, Security and Development.
On the African peace and Security, the two leaders reiterated their firm condemnation of terrorism. And they reaffirmed the necessity to carry out joint efforts in order to fight transitional terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. And in this regard, both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to combine their efforts to fight these scourges which threaten security and stability in the continent.
As a means to strengthen their cooperation in various fields, the two countries signed two agreements on Technical and Vocational Education and Training and on Animal Health. They have also signed one Memorandum of Understanding on Diplomatic Training. Moreover, the two countries agreed to further enhance their cooperation in the field of Agriculture, Transport, Horticulture, Industry and Petroleum. Accordingly, the Algerian side agreed to dispatch a business delegation to explore the investment opportunities in Ethiopia.