8 - 9 March 2012 / Joint bilateral committee session
The sixth session of the UK/Algeria Joint Committee on bilateral relations and issues of common interest was held in London on 8th and 9th March 2012.
The talks were co-chaired by Mr Abdelkader Messahel, Minister Delegate in charge of Maghreb and African Affairs, and Mr Alistair Burt, Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East and North Africa.
This session offered another opportunity for the two countries to continue their political dialogue and to assess the significant progress that has characterized the bilateral relationship in recent years. In this regard, both Ministers noted with appreciation:
- the many visits paid by British officials to Algeria in 2011, including that of Mr William Hague, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, as well as
- the significant increase by 98% in 2011 of the volume of trade between Algeria and the United Kingdom, and
- the growing interest of UK companies in the Algerian market and their willingness to contribute to the implementation of the Public Investment Program for 2010-2014.
The meeting was also an excellent opportunity for a useful exchange of views between the two countries on international and regional issues of common interest, such as the Middle East, Syria, the Sahel and Western Sahara.
Foreign Secretary William Hague greeted the Algerian delegation during a brief meeting on the sidelines of the talks on Thursday.