Yesterday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio, had a meeting with his Algerian counterpart, Sabri Boukadoum, on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York.
The discussion revolved around the main bilateral and regional issues of common interest. Minister Di Maio reminded his Algerian counterpart of his hope that Algeria would continue on its path to development, inclusion and social justice in a peaceful, democratic way. “Italy firmly wishes to deepen bilateral relations between our countries, using the existing instruments of political, economic, energy and industrial cooperation, starting from strategic dialogue on political and security issues and intergovernmental summits” said Minister Di Maio.
The Ministers then discussed the latest developments in Libya. Italy knows that it can count on deep, productive dialogue with Algiers, a key interlocutor in the efforts to find a solution to the crisis in Libya. Minister Di Maio and Minister Boukadoum reiterated the call to all parties involved to cease hostilities and expressed their firm support for the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Libya, Ghassan Salamé.
Finally, Minister Di Maio finally accepted the invitation from his Algerian colleague to visit Algiers in the next few months.