Algiers (UNA-OIC) – Algeria and Italy have agreed to consolidate their strategic partnership and enhance their close cooperation in various fields, in order to confront common regional challenges.
This came in a statement issued by the Algerian Presidency following a meeting of Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune with his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella, in Algiers on Saturday.
Mattarella began on Saturday a two-day visit to Algeria to boost cooperation, notably in the economic field. The visit provides an opportunity for Algeria and Italy to discuss political and economic issues of mutual interest, as part of the strategic relations between the two countries.
“We have agreed on everything,” Tebboune told a joint press briefing with Mattarella after the meeting, affirming that the relations between the two countries are “strong and will be strengthened in the very near future”.
President Tebboune underlined Algeria-Italy’s convergence of views in economic cooperation, notably in the field of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In this respect, he said he is “optimistic” that the next Algerian-Italian High Committee meeting will culminate in “positive results that could be applied on the ground”.
The Algerian President also said that he broached with his Italian counterpart regional and international issues of common interest, pointing out a convergence of views, particularly on the Libyan issue.
For his part, President Mattarella stressed the strength of Algerian-Italian relations, saying that the two countries would like to expand the scope of their cooperation to include areas and sectors other than the traditional ones.
Both leaders chaired a ceremony for signing three agreements between Algeria and Italy in the fields of education, justice, and protection of the cultural heritage.