ALGIERS – Tuesday, 21 November 2023 (APS) – The president of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, on Tuesday said relations between Algeria and Turkey were “strong with prospects for further cooperation,” given the “sincere political will” of both countries.

In a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the end of the signing ceremony of the joint declaration of the 2nd session of the High-Level Cooperation Council, President Tebboune said: “If we had to assess Algerian-Turkish relations, following this fruitful” meeting, “we will honestly say that those relations are strong with prospects for further cooperation, considering the sincere political will between Algeria and Türkiye.”

The president of the Republic mentioned in this respect the “dynamic of economic cooperation and trade, which has significantly developed over the past few years,” noting that trade “has reached more than five billion dollars in 2022 and is expected to exceed six billion dollars in 2023.”

With this trade volume, Algeria has become “Turkey’s second trade partner in Africa and the first destination for Turkish investment in the continent.”

President Tebboune described the Turkish president’s visit to Algeria as a “significant event” in the bilateral relations between the two countries, despite the “special circumstances” at both the regional and international levels.

The discussions between the two sides, President Tebboune said, have been a precious opportunity for the two sides to discuss “the bilateral relations, in general, and the achievements made together since the first session of the Algerian-Turkish High Level Cooperation Council, which has become today a council of strategic cooperation.”