Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum held a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba, during which both sides exressed readiness to establish a joint intergovernmental commission with a view to enhancing bilateral relations and cooperation.
“As part of a renewed vision for the development of Ukraine’s relations with the continent of Africa, we have set ourselves the goal of opening up Algeria’s opportunities for Ukrainian business,” Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba said during a telephone conversation with Minister of Foreign Affairs Sabri Boukadoum, Ukraine Ministry announced in a press service
Kuleba regretted, in this connection, that active bilateral political contacts are not taking place with Algeria; Ukraine’s second largest trading partner in Africa in 2019.
A second round of political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Algeria will be held
next month following the agreement of both Ministers. A wide range of bilateral issues will be on the agenda: from supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the international arena to developing cooperation in industry, education, and tourism.
“As part of political consultations, Ukraine and Algeria plan to sign an agreement on the establishment of a joint intergovernmental commission on bilateral cooperation as an effective tool to promote trade and investment, as well as to hold a business forum with leading Ukrainian and Algerian companies,” the Ukrainian minister noted.
Dmytro Kuleba also invited Sabri Boukadoum to make a visit to Ukraine at a time convenient for him.
In 2019, the total volume of trade in goods and services between Ukraine and Algeria reached a record high $614.4 million. Algeria became the second largest trade partner of Ukraine in Africa.
Consultations between the foreign ministries of the two countries have not been held since 1993, and the last visit at the level of foreign ministers took place in 2002.