ALGIERS, April 5 (Xinhua) -- French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Wednesday started a two-day visit to Algeria as part of regular consultations between the two nations.
Upon his arrival at Houari Boumediene International Airport of Algiers, Cazeneuve was welcomed by his Algerian counterpart, Abdelmalek Sellal.
During the visit, Sellal and Cazeneuve are due to examine means to boost bilateral ties, according to a statement of the Premier Office.
Exchanging views on regional and international issues of common interest is on the agenda of this visit, added the source.
The economic field will also be the core of the visit, as France is struggling to maintain its share in the Algerian market amid completion from other countries, including China.
It is the third visit of a French PM to Algeria under the era of President Francois Hollande.
The two nations are still unable to overcome their "painful" past and therefore lagging behind full normalization of bilateral ties, due to the fallouts of the 130-year-long French colonial era in Algeria from 1830 to 1962.