Germany's Merkel arrives in Algeria

German chancellor is expected to discuss bilateral ties, regional crises with Algerian officials

Germany's Merkel arrives in Algeria

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Algeria on Monday for a one-day visit to discuss bilateral ties and regional developments with local officials.

Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia received Merkel at Algiers’s Houari Boumediene Airport, according to Algerian state radio.

Merkel’s visit, which comes at the invitation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, is intended to “strengthen relations... and enhance the bilateral economic and trade partnership”, according to a statement released by Algeria’s presidency.

The German chancellor, the statement adds, is slated to hold talks with Algerian officials regarding ongoing crises in Libya, the Western Sahara, Mali, and North Africa’s Sahel region.

The fight against terrorism and irregular migration are also reportedly on the list of topics to be discussed.

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