Russian PM wraps up visit to Algeria by inking 5 agreements

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-11 03:53:48|Editor: yan
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ALGIERS, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Russia and Algeria on Tuesday signed five cooperation agreements as part of the two-day official visit of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to the North Africa nation.

The signing ceremony was held in capital Algiers with the presence of Medvedev and his Algerian counterpart Ahmed Ouyahia, as well as several ministers from both countries.

The agreements involve sectors of justice, health care, vocational training, and energy.

In addition, a Memorandum of Understanding about civil nuclear energy was signed between the Algerian Atomic Energy Commission and the Russian Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation. It aims at opening ways of cooperation and exchanging of experience between the two countries.

After the signing ceremony, Medvedev told reporters that his visit to Algeria is part of the continuous bilateral dialogue between Moscow and Algiers, saying that "the signing of these cooperation agreements confirms our commitment to continue the implementation of the recommendations of the 8th joint committee of cooperation between the two countries held in Algiers in September."

For his part, Ouyahia said the visit of Medvedev has been a success as it will open new perspectives for bilateral relations, which have been given a new impetus in 2001, after the signature of the Strategic Cooperation Declaration by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Official figures show the two nations' trade exchange hit about 4 billion U.S. dollars last year.

Medvedev wraps up Tuesday his two-day visit to Algeria, which he kicked off on Monday.

The latest visit of a top Russian official to the North African nation was conducted by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in February 2016.