15-16 January 2014/ Visit of Mr Hugh Robertson to Algeria

Hugh RobertsonRt. Hon Hugh Robertson, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister for North Africa and the Middle East, paid a visit to Algeria on 15th and 16th January in response to an invitation from Mr Madjid Bouguerra, Minister Delegate in charge of Maghreb and African Affairs.

The two high officials co-chaired the works of the 8th session of the UK-Algeria Joint Committee of Cooperation. The talks between the two parties were mainly about the consolidation of the bilateral partnership on its economic, cultural, scientific, security and human dimensions.

In addition to his meetings with Mr Bouguerra, Mr Robertson also met Prime Minister, Mr Abdelmalek Sellal.

The visit of Mr Hugh Robertson to Algeria was marked by the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding on High Education between Algeria and the United Kingdom. The Memorandum states the training of 500 Algerian students in English language, PhD level, over the next five years (100 every year) in several British universities and the launch of the British School of English in Algiers.