AA / Algiers
Algeria announced on Saturday the signing of three agreements relating to the sectors of education, justice and the safeguarding of cultural heritage, with Italy.
The signing comes on the sidelines of a two-day visit by Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Saturday, according to the Algerian Official Press Agency (APS).
The first agreement relates, according to APS, to the opening of an Italian international school in Algiers. It was signed by the Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra, and by the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio.
A twinning protocol between the Higher Schools of the Judiciary of Algeria and Italy, as well as a framework agreement between the Higher National School for the Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage and its Restoration of Tipasa (Algiers) and the Central Institute of the restoration of Rome (Italy), had also been signed.
This is the very first visit by an Italian president to Algeria in 18 years, the former president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi having visited in January 2003, on the occasion of the signing of a friendship treaty and good neighborliness between the two countries.
On the second day of his visit, the Italian president will meet with his Algerian counterpart, meet the presidents of the two chambers of Parliament and visit the coastal city of Annaba (east).
It should be noted that Italy is the top destination for Algerian exports (oil and gas), which amounted to around $ 3.5 billion in 2020.
Italy is also one of Algeria’s most important suppliers. Algerian imports from this European country amounted to around $ 2.42 billion in 2020.
* Translated from Arabic by Malèk Jomni
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