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Algeria, France hail sustained partnership growth


ALGIERS-Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra and the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Laurent Fabius expressed Tuesday their satisfaction with the development of the Algerian-French partnership particularly in the economic field.

"We are satisfied with the progress we achieved," said Lamamra at a press conference held jointly with Fabius after the signing ceremony of the Economic Partnership Agreements that followed the assessment meeting of the Algerian-French Joint Economic Commission (Comefa) created in 2013.

For the top Algerian diplomat, partnership agreements signed Tuesday "are undoubtedly symbolic and expressive of this sustained growth."

Lamamra said the Comefa represented a "good mechanism" to promote bilateral cooperation, which has been strengthened since the visit of French President Francois Hollande to Algeria in December 2012.

"We can, with confidence, say that we have found the right methodology and we have good tools that allow us to advance in the construction of this exceptional partnership," he added.

For his part, Fabius said the Algerian-French partnership process was a "successful" model that has resulted in "concrete results" like the factories Renault in Oran and Cital in Annaba.

This partnership should be extended to other parts of the country, particularly in southern Algeria, argued Fabius, who was accompanied at the visit to Algeria by Special Representative for relations with Algeria Jean-Louis Bianco.

"The observation I make is that after two and a half years of working together, the Algerian-French relations in all areas are excellent," he noted.

He also announced the forthcoming visit of President Francois Hollande to Algeria.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015


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