ALGIERS – Thursday, 07 September 2023 (APS) – The Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad, Ahmed Attaf co-chaired Thursday in Ankara the second session of the Algeria-Turkey Joint Planning Commission with his Turkish counterpart, Hakan Fidan, as part of his working visit to Turkey on behalf of the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, according to a Ministry press release.

The session was attended by representatives from 12 ministerial, namely industry and pharmaceutical production, energy and mining, transport, fisheries and fish production, agriculture and rural development, justice, national education, trade and export promotion, finance, public works and basic infrastructure, culture and the arts, and higher education and scientific research, the same source said.

As for the agenda, work focused on “assessing the progress made in implementing the decisions taken by the leaders of the two brotherly countries, Presidents Abdelmadjid Tebboune and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, since the first session of the High-Level Cooperation Council was held in May last year, as well as preparations for the second session of this Council, scheduled to take place in the near future on the occasion of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Algeria, at the invitation of his brother President Abdelmadjid Tebboune,” said the source.

Prior to the start of the meeting, Attaf held a lengthy one-to-one meeting with his Turkish counterpart, which focused on “the main priorities of bilateral cooperation between Algeria and Turkey, as well as on issues of common interest both in their Mediterranean neighbourhood and in the areas to which they belong, particularly the development of relations in the North African region and the latest developments in the situation in the Sahel region.”

The Minister was also received by the President of Turkey’s Grand National Assembly, Numan Kurtulmus, with whom he discussed “the qualitative evolution of bilateral relations and the prospects for their continued expansion, particularly in the parliamentary field.”

At the end of his visit, Attaf held a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart, Hakan Fidan, to discuss the results of the 2nd session of the Joint Planning Commission and the next stages of “fruitful and promising” bilateral cooperation.