Lamamra Brende AlgerMai2017ALGIERS- Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra underlined, Tuesday in Algiers, the "promising prospects" for the Algerian-Norwegian cooperation.

"Algeria and Norway have developed friendly relations based on mutual respect. Norway is an important partner in the field of energy and maritime transport. There are promising prospects for cooperation, especially in the field of energy and port facilities," Lamamra told the press at the end of his discussions with his Norwegian counterpart, Borge Brende, who is on a working visit to Algeria.

He said that Algeria seeks more investments from Norwegian firms in various fields, adding that draft cooperation agreements between the two countries are under examination.

Norway appreciates "Algeria's leading role in the promotion of peace and security in the region and its current mediation efforts in Libya and Mali, as well as in the fight against terrorism, and its readiness to share its experience in the eradication of the cross-border scourge," he added.

"The diplomatic presence of Norway in Mali and within the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) constitutes a most welcomed support," said Lamamra.

The Foreign minister also underlined the "close cooperation" between Norway and the African Union.
In this regard, he emphasized the willingness of Algeria and Norway to strengthen cooperation between northern countries and African states.

Lamamra added that he discussed with his Norwegian counterpart the Palestinian question, the crisis in Syria and the latest developments of the Sahrawi cause.

In this regard, he said that Algeria and Norway welcomed the recent adoption by the UN Security Council of a resolution extending the mandate of the UN Mission for Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).

For his part, Brende said he held "very interesting" discussions with Lamamra on several issues, especially those related to the strengthening of cooperation between the two countries.

He also underlined the "close" cooperation between Algeria and Norway in the field of energy, and emphasized the existence of cooperation opportunities in the fields of renewable energy and maritime transport.

As regards regional issues, Brende said that he discussed with Lamamra the situation in Mali, Libya and Tunisia, and praised Algeria's efforts in the achievement of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali in 2015, resulting from Algiers Process.
In this regard, he announced that his country intends to open an embassy in Bamako, and expressed readiness of Norway to provide assistance to the Malian government in the development efforts, especially in northern Mali.

Brende also expressed his country's willingness to open an embassy in Tunis with a view to strengthening cooperation with Tunisia and all the countries of the region.

APS, 02/03/2017