Human Rights


Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika received here Tuesday the visiting Nigerian Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, who is on a two-day official visit to the country.

Also present were Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, Minister of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Ramtane Lamamra, and Minister of Maghreb, African Union and Arab League Affairs Abdelkader Messahel.

Osinbajo arrived in Algiers earlier Tuesday for a two-day visit aimed at strengthening the ties of friendship between the two countries. The visit will allow the two sides to assess their bilateral co-operation and examine ways and means to strengthen it.

After his meeting with President Bouteflika, the Nigferian vice-president the two countries

were linked by “strong historical” relations which had been strengthened by various common co-operation projects.

“Algeria and Nigeria are linked by strong historical relations strengthened by various agreements signed by the High Algeria-Nigerian Bilateral Commission,” Osinbajo told the media, citing projects which included the Algiers-Lagos trans-Saharan Highway linking Nigeria to Europe through Algeria, and the Algiers-Abuja optical fiber network.

Osinbajo stated that the meeting with President Bouteflika was an opportunity to discuss “political and counter-terrorism” co-operation between Algeria and Nigeria.

“President Bouteflika expressed his support to Nigeria in its fight against terrorism and radicalism,” said Osinbajo whose country is facing acts of terrorism by the Boko Haram terrorist group.