Shri V. Muraleedharan, Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs visited the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria on September 15 -17, 2021. During the visit, he called on H.E. Mr. Aimene Benabderrahmane, Prime Minister of Algeria and held discussions on a range of bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest, said a statement from the Indian Embassy in Algeria.
“MoS had fruitful discussions with Mr. Ramtane Lamamra, Foreign Minister and Minister of National Community Abroad and Mr. Rashid Chakib Kaib, Secretary General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It was agreed to hold the 10th round of India-Algeria Joint Commission Meeting at an early date,” added the same communiqué.
“MoS also met Mr. Kamel Rezig, Minister of Trade and Export Promotion and Mr. Arkab Mohamed, Minister of Energy and Mines of Algeria. It was agreed to give further impetus to our economic engagement with Algeria in diverse fields, including energy, chemicals and fertilizers. There is a common desire to further enhance bilateral trade and investments between India and Algeria,” underlined the Embassy.
The Embassy noted that Algeria has a small but vibrant Indian community of about 4000 persons, mostly working for various companies. MoS interacted with a group of them during the visit. Overall, the visit set the tone for furthering bilateral relations between both countries.