Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, stressed today, Monday, that Algeria is a “very important partner” for Italy in several areas, noting that it has recently become the first supplier of energy to Italy.
In a joint statement with the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, following the signing of a number of bilateral cooperation agreements at the headquarters of the Presidency of the Republic, Mr. Draghi said that “Algeria is a very important partner for Italy, in the fields of energy, industry and business, as well as in the areas of combating crime and achieving security in the Mediterranean region”.
He added that the holding of the fourth summit between the governments of the two countries “is evidence of the high level that relations have reached between the two countries,” noting “the great achievement represented in the signing of several agreements and memoranda of understanding that included the sectors of justice, social solidarity, industry, energy transition and protection of cultural heritage.”
Speaking about the strengthening of energy cooperation between the two countries, the Italian Prime Minister affirmed that “Algeria has become in recent months the first supplier of energy to Italy,” recalling that Sonatrach has increased the volume of its gas supplies to Italy by an additional 4 billion cubic meters.
Mr. Draghi also highlighted the importance of strengthening cooperation in the field of renewable energies, considering that the energy transition “is very important for Italy and the region as a whole”.
He concluded by stressing the importance of the “close friendship between Algeria and Italy to face challenges in the region,” highlighting the two countries’ commitment to promote security and peace in the world.