ALGIERS, Jan 27 (NNN-APS) — Algeria’s Minister of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Ramtane Lamamra, has held talks with his South African and Nigerian counterparts in Mekele, Ethiopia, where they are attending the retreat of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU).

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued here Tuesday that Lamamra discussed with South African Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane matters related to the agenda of the AU Executive Council meeting as well as regional and international issues of common interest.

The two ministers welcomed the quality of the political dialogue between Algeria and South Africa, and agreed to maintain the momentum characterizing it at all levels, said the statement.

Bilaterally, Lamamra reviewed with his South African counterpart the status of implementation of the conclusions of the last session of the Algerian-South African Bilateral Commission held in Algiers as part of the State visit by South African President Jacob Zuma at the invitation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

The two ministers stressed the need to strengthen economic co-operation between the two countries in order to take advantage off the potentials offered by Algeria and South Africa.

LIn his meeting with the new Nigerian Foreign Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, Lamamra re-affirmed the commitment of Algeria to revive and strengthen bilateral relations and expand co-operation between the two countries.”

Ahead of this year’s meeting of the High Algerian-Nigerian Bilateral Commission, chaired by the two Heads of State, Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Muhammadu Buhari, Lamamra agreed with his Nigerian counterpart to give priority to the sectors driving gains of development for Algeria and Nigeria.

“Security co-operation was also on the agenda of discussions between the two ministers, including national, regional and international efforts in the fight against terrorism,” the statement said.