Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi met the Algerian Foreign Minister, Mourad Medelci, at the foreign ministry in Rome today, 20 February 2012. The meeting took place in the margins of the 5+5 Dialogue Ministerial here in Rome, which brought together 10 Mediterranean countries.
The two foreign ministers exchanged views on a number of issues of common interest. They both expressed their great satisfaction over the success of today’s meeting. They agreed on their firm determination to revitalise the Italian-Algerian partnership on a concrete, operational basis, including through a bilateral summit in Algiers in the second half of 2012.
Minister Terzi and Minister Medelci underscored the excellent state of bilateral relations between their two countries, which they hope to see strengthened further. A priority area for enhanced cooperation is the energy sector, and most notably renewable energy, given the deep interdependence binding the two countries. In more general terms, Minister Terzi expressed his firm determination to support investment opportunities in Algeria, which is Italy’s third global market for small and medium-sized enterprises in the major works sector. To this end, the two ministers spoke of organising road shows in their two countries.