Erdoğan and Tebboune hold talks in Ankara for further cooperation

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan received his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune in the capital Ankara on Monday to discuss ways and means to further strengthen bilateral cooperation and international issues of common interest.

The two leaders are to hold a joint press conference after attending the agreement signing ceremony, one-on-one talks and meetings between delegations.

Tebboune began a three-day official visit to Turkey on Sunday. The visit marks Tebboune’s first visit to Turkey since he came to power in 2019.

A statement from the Algerian presidency said the visit follows an invitation from Erdoğan for talks on bilateral relations between Algiers and Ankara and regional and international issues of common interest.

Algeria is a major trading partner of Turkey, with its trade reaching $3.5-5 billion (TL 54.57-77.96 billion) per year.

The two countries have also had a strategic friendship agreement since 2006.

According to a written statement from the Algerian Embassy in Ankara, Tebboune was to hold in-depth talks with Erdoğan on ways and means to further strengthen bilateral cooperation and international issues of common interest.

Stating that this visit coincided with the reforms followed by Algeria and Turkey to ensure that their economies are part of the global economy, the statement said: “At the political level, relations between the two countries, which are evidenced by the common intention to continue to consolidate the traditional bonds of friendship and solidarity, and the common interest in strengthening dialogue on all international issues of common interest, are manifested in regular meetings at the highest level.”

He also pointed out that bilateral trade exchanges have considerably increased in economic terms in recent years, reflecting the excellent political relations and the will of the two countries to establish an exemplary partnership.

He noted that during the visit, Tebboune and Erdoğan would chair the first session of the High-Level Cooperation Council, allowing the two leaders to assess bilateral cooperation and possibilities to give new impetus to this cooperation.

“This session will also help mobilize efforts to further intensify the strategic partnership that binds the two countries and give this partnership a qualified dynamism,” he added.

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