Foreign Affairs Minister Sabri Boukadoum stressed on Wednesday October 9th that what will emerge after the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for December 12 will be in support of Algeria’s stability and its pivotal role in the region.
For his part, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, on a working visit to Algeria on Wednesday, October 9, said Turkey intends to make it easier for Algerians to obtain visas.
At a joint press conference held in Algiers with his Algerian counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu announced the opening of 13 new visa offices in Algeria. He indicated that a common solution with Algeria will be found to satisfy both countries.
The Turkish minister also stated that the visa problem concerns the two friendly peoples. He thus revealed that consultation would be open between the two parties and that there would be dialogue and work to find solutions.
The head of Turkish diplomacy said that measures will be taken shortly to facilitate the granting of visas for Algerians of certain age groups.
It should be recalled that more than 300,000 Algerians visit Turkey every year. Nevertheless, the Turkish government had decided to cancel the granting of online visas. This measure has raised a great deal of controversy, especially since Algeria and Turkey have good relations.
On the economic front, the visiting Turkish foreign Minister hailed Algeria’s economic reforms, which, he said, “will certainly be beneficial for both countries”, recalling, on the occasion, that his country is one of the largest investors in Algeria, a partnership that will be diversified and strengthened in all areas, thanks to the “re-launch of the Joint Commission in the days to come”.
To this effect, the Turkish foreign Minister expressed gratitude “for the facilitation and support received by Turkish investors from the Government and people of Algeria”, reaffirming “his country’s determination to continue to encourage more Turkish companies to invest in Algeria.
As for the Turkish authorities’ decision to curtail the number of visas granted to Algerians, Mr Cavusoglu considered that this was “a misunderstanding of the procedures” and that “some companies have hijacked this subject”, reassuring that the authorities in his country “will continue to issue entry visas”.
He mentioned, in this sense, the forthcoming creation of a “joint consular mechanism or commission” between the two friendly countries, with a view to discussing the issue and reaching “satisfactory solutions”, as well as the forthcoming announcement of some “visa facilitation for the benefit of certain age groups”, he said.
For his part, Mr. Sabri Boukadoum highlighted the need to broaden the prospects for partnership between Algeria and Turkey, whose investment volume had amounted to more than US$4 billion, which had made it possible to create 28,000 employment opportunities, before noting that the Algerian Government’s revision of rule 49/51%, “will undoubtedly contribute to boosting foreign investment”.
In this regard, the head of Algerian diplomacy indicated that no less than 300,000 Algerian tourists visit Turkey annually.
During a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, he said, the boosted bilateral relations were assessed through the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation in 2016, under which the two countries agreed to shore up their relations and give them a privileged character in various fields of endeavor.
“Both sides also exchanged views on issues of common concern, such as the situation in the Sahel region, the Palestinian cause and the Libyan and Syrian crises, welcoming Turkey’s respect for Syria’s territorial integrity”, Mr. Boukadoum further underlined .
Mr. Cavusoglu also indicated in this respect that “Algeria plays an important role in the region”, welcoming the efforts it is making to “establish peace and stability in Libya”, with a prime focus on peaceful solutions.