18-19 February 2015/ Visit of the British Foreign Secretary to Algeria

 

Hammond AlgiersThe British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr Philip Hammond, paid a two-day visit to Algeria on 18-19 February 2015.

During this visit, Mr Hammond met the President of the Republic, Mr Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the Prime Minister, Mr Abdelmalek Sellal and Mr. Ramtane Lamamra, Minister for Foreign Affairs.

The meetings were the occasion for both parties to assess the progress made in recent years towards the building of a strong and enduring partnership between the two countries.

The discussions were focused on a number of international and regional issues of common interest, among them Mali, Libya, Syria, Iraq and on international cooperation to fight against terrorism. On Libya, the two delegations stressed the importance of an inclusive dialogue between all parties for a peaceful solution to the conflict.

Bilateral economic cooperation between the two countries was among the main topics examined during the visit especially after the successful UK-Algeria Trade and Investment Forum which took place on December 10th.

A convention to avoid double taxation was signed by Mr. Philip Hammond and Mr. Ramtane Lamamra during the visit which will increase the attractiveness of the Algerian market.