Algeria, Spain sign accords during Rajoy visit
Algeria and Spain signed several cooperation accords on Thursday, including in energy, during a ministerial visit to the OPEC country led by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, official sources said.
Algiers and Madrid signed agreements to cooperate in the industrial, energy, and cultural sectors, as well as to facilitate visa allocations, the official APS news agency reported.
Three partnership agreements were also signed by Spanish and Algerian firms to build more than 50,000 homes in Algeria, while another accord was signed that envisages collaboration in science, technology and civil protection.
Rajoy, who met President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on a one-day visit, headed a top-level delegation from Spain, which depends on Algeria as its top supplier of natural gas.
The two sides discussed the situation in Mali, where armed Islamists have occupied the northern region that borders Algeria, and expressed support for UN Security Council resolutions aimed at "comprehensive solutions to the crisis."
In a joint statement, they said these solutions must have "political, security and humanitarian axes," and called for "the restoration of the territorial integrity and sovereignty" of Mali, whose instability threatened "the whole region."
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