The Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s paid an official visit to Algeria from October 9-10.

He was received by the President Mr Abelaziz Boutelika.

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel.

He also held talks with the Speaker of the Council of the Nation Abdelkader Bensalah, Speaker of the People’s National Assembly Said Bouhadja and Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia.

« Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will pay a two-day official visit to Algeria, as of Monday, at the invitation of Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia» the communiqué of APS stated.

At a press conference jointly held with his Russian counterpart, Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia said that this visit was « important » for it would open up « promising prospects » for bilateral cooperation which witnessed a « new chapter » in 2011, following the signing by Presidents, Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Vladimir Putin, of the « Declaration on Partnership ».

Ouyahia dubbed “successful” the bilateral meetings that resulted in the signing of agreements, as part of this visit which comes after the  held in Algiers.

According to the Algerian authorities, the visit by the Russian head of government will give the two countries a possibility to strengthen strategic dialogue and multilateral cooperation based on the Declaration of Strategic Partnership that was signed in Moscow in April 2001.

« During the talks, the parties will discuss further development of cooperation in the trade-and-economic, energy, humanitarian, and cultural spheres, » the press service said. « The visit will result in signing of a number of intergovernmental, inter-ministerial and corporate agreements and documents. ».