CAIRO: Sixteen agreements were signed between Egypt and Algeria during a visit to Cairo by Algerian Prime Minister Abdel Malek Salal Thursday amid progressing relations between the North African countries.
The agreements include creating mixed contracting companies, natural gas and oil exploration, and other services, Egypt’s ambassador to Algeria Omar Abou Eish told Al-Youm channel Thursday.
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika recently assigned his government to supply Egypt with its needs for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG,) Abou Eish said.
Egypt imports and subsidizes LPG, as the majority of households use LPG cylinders rather than natural gas.
Algeria will depend on Egyptian corporation to execute infrastructure projects in Algeria, according to a presidential statement following the meeting. Salal expressed Algeria’s wish to raise the level of its relations with Egypt to the level of “strategic partnership” to push economic development and enhance their efforts against “dangers” besetting the region, according to the statement.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received Salal and Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra at his presidential palace with Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab and the ministers of industry, petroleum and foreign affairs.
The security vacuum in Libya, which borders both Egypt and Algeria, has brought the two countries together to address the threats which the inflammatory conditions in the oil-rich country pose. Talks between Egypt and Algeria have been ongoing to help stabilize Libya.
On Thursday, the Egyptian and United Arab Emirates embassies in Tripoli were attacked.