Algiers, Moscow tied with strong, respect-based relations: Russian FM

2013-02-11 22:54:55 GMT2013-02-12 06:54:55(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

ALGIERS, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said here Monday that Algiers and Moscow are tied with strong and respect-based relations on both bilateral and international issues.

"Algeria is an important partner for Russia in several domains, including trade and economy, which sees a constant evolution," the official APS news agency quoted Lavrov as saying at the end of talks he held with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

"We've agreed to develop cooperation in the domains of economy, commerce, science and technology," the Russian official said, adding that he is "optimistic about the outcome of the next session of the Algerian-Russian Joint Committee" in this respect.

The head of Russian diplomacy recalled the "common will" of the two nations to deepen bilateral cooperation in the military field and "promote political dialogue and consultation at all levels."

At international level, Lavrov said his "fruitful" talks with the Algerian president evoked the two countries' positions on the necessity to reform the international system, which must defend the international rights and provide the United Nations a central role.

He stressed in this context the need to give priority to peaceful options, rather than foreign intervention, in terms of the settlement of disputes, including the conflicts hitting Syria and Mali.

Lavrov arrived Monday evening in Algeria for a working visit at the invitation of his Algerian counterpart Mourad Medelci.

The visit is part of the regular political dialogue between Algeria and Russia, which aims to boost bilateral relations of friendship and cooperation between Algiers and Moscow.

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