Algeria, "extremely important strategic partner for Spain and Europe"

APS - 08 Octobre 2020

ALGIERS- Algeria is "an extremely important strategic partner for Spain and Europe", Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Thursday, voicing the Spanish authorities' commitment to deepen "the privileged relations" binding the two countries.

Speaking to the press following his meeting with President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Sanchez thanked President Tebboune for having received him, "despite the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The meeting has been an opportunity to deepen cooperation in combating this pandemic." Algeria is "an extremely important strategic partner for Spain and Europe" and "we are working to deepen these privileged relations that bind our two countries, "he added.

For the Spanish side, Algeria "plays an extremely important role for the stability of the region, particularly in North Africa and the Sahel region."

Regarding the crises in the region and more specifically in Libya and the Sahel, the head of the Spanish government said that Algeria "renewed its commitment to find a solution to these crises and to find solutions to crises that have been on hold for several years and whose effects are impacting peoples."

The Governments of the two countries are willing "to hold a high level meeting in 2021," announced Sanchez, saying that this "visit is a first step which will be followed by a high-level meeting in Spain. We are committed to build cooperation that serves both countries."

"Cooperation can be established in several fields, not only in the fields of energy and trade but also in the fields of security and the interior, and particularly in the fight against migratory flows."

The two Governments "are determined to counter the migration problem which poses a challenge for both parties, not only for host countries but also for transit countries."

"We are working through several approaches to deal with this problem, by providing aid and assistance to the countries of origin through economic development and supporting young people to offer them work opportunities and encourage them to abstain from migration."