The Algerian ambassador to Rome, Abdelkrim Touahria, reiterated on Tuesday the importance of strengthening the axis of cooperation between Algiers and Rome on the political and economic levels, in accordance with the guidelines of the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, saying that the forthcoming visit of the President of the Italian Council of Ministers to Algeria will further strengthen the path of building a true strategic partnership.
In the framework of the friendship and working visit of the President of the Italian Council of Ministers, Georgia Meloni, to Algeria scheduled for 22 and 23 January, the Algerian ambassador had two meetings with the Minister of the Interior, Matteo Piantedosi, and the Prefect of Rome, Bruno Frattasi, respectively, during which they reviewed the state of bilateral cooperation, in particular the issues that could be discussed during this visit.
During these two meetings, Mr. Touahria reiterated the orientations of the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, for the reinforcement of the axis of cooperation between Algiers and Rome, at the political and economic levels, believing that Meloni’s working and friendly visit to Algeria will further strengthen the path of building a true strategic partnership called for by the two heads of state.
In addition, during his meeting with the Minister of the Interior, Mr Touahria discussed the various issues of bilateral cooperation, ranging from energy to economic partnership, as well as security issues, for which he welcomed the excellent collaboration between the security services of the two countries on issues relating to terrorism and transnational organised crime.
Welcoming the excellent political relations between the two countries, Touahria also mentioned the issue of illegal migration, for which he affirmed that Algeria was working with all means to protect the borders and the coastline and to fight against the sources fuelling this phenomenon, adding that the consular services of the embassy regularly carry out the necessary hearings for the identification of presumed illegal Algerian migrants held in Sardinia and southern Italy.
In addition, the two officials discussed the bilateral legal framework, in particular the Follow-up Committee of the Algerian-Italian Agreement on the Movement of Persons, as well as the draft Agreement on Security Cooperation, which is being finalised and may be signed during Meloni’s visit.
On this last point, Mr Piantedosi said he was satisfied with the progress made on the agreement, underlining his willingness to deepen the discussions with his Algerian counterpart on the occasion of this visit or within the framework of another official working visit that he would like to make to Algeria in the near future.
The meeting with the Prefect of Rome was also an opportunity for the ambassador to discuss bilateral political and economic issues, but above all those linked to the Algerian community established in Italy, underlining the creation of the ” Association of Algerians established in Italy ” and the role of Algerian researchers established in Italy, as well as raising certain concerns such as those linked to the convertibility of Algerian driving licences.
The Algerian diplomat seized the opportunity of these two meetings to exchange views with his two counterparts on numerous regional and international issues, ranging from the conflict in Ukraine to the Libyan issue, including the fight against terrorism in the Sahel region.