Visit to Algeria by Mr. Christopher Cutajar, Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade

Visit to Algeria by Mr. Christopher Cutajar, Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Jan 19, 2023
 

The Permanent Secretary within the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade, Mr. Christopher Cutajar, conducted a visit in Algiers from 16 to 19 January 2023.  The objective of this visit was to advance the excellent bilateral relations between Malta and Algeria through increased political dialogue, enhanced trade exchanges and the facilitation of business-to-business contacts, as well as to explore new avenues of cooperation, including in the energy sector.

 

Mr. Cutajar held positive meetings with the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad, Mr. Amar Belani, the Secretary-General of Commerce and Promotion of Exportations, Mr. El Jadi Bakir and the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Energy and Mining, Mr. Abdelkrim Aouissi. During these meetings, there was a common understanding from both sides on the need to consolidate the longstanding relations between both countries for the benefit of both Peoples.  Discussions also touched upon regional and international issues of mutual concern, with particular emphasis on the challenges being faced in our immediate neighbourhood and during which both sides reiterated their shared commitment for a stable and secure Mediterranean region.

 

The Permanent Secretary also held a courtesy call with the Algeria Chamber of Commerce during which both sides agreed to seek new areas of collaboration to facilitate contacts between the respective business communities.    During his visit, Mr. Cutajar also visited the Honorary Consulate of Malta in Algiers as well as the Algeria’s National Museum of Moudjahid which illustrates the story that led the Algerians to obtain independence in 1962.

 

Throughout his visit, Mr. Cutajar was accompanied by H.E. Philo Meli, Ambassador of Malta to Algeria, Mr. Claude Bonello, Director (External Relations and Mediterranean Affairs), Mr. Duncan Psaila, Honorary Consul of Malta in Algiers. He was also assisted by Ing. Abigail Cutajar, Advisor within the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Enterprise during the meeting held at the Ministry for Energy and Mining.


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