BY DAILY SABAH WITH AA
Türkiye will open a consulate general in Algeria’s northwestern city of Oran, the country’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu announced on Monday.
“We will open a consulate general in the city of Oran, Algeria because we have very serious investments there,” he said at a conference in the Turkish capital Ankara.
Speaking on Türkiye’s recent diplomatic initiatives, Çavuşoğlu said Ankara has developed “very good relations” with Algeria.
“We have the fifth-largest diplomatic network in the world with 257 missions,” he added.
Türkiye’s Africa initiative turned into a partnership policy, he said, adding that trade volume with the continent has increased from $3.4 billion to approximately $35 billion in the last 20 years.
Touching upon the change in global diplomacy and Türkiye’s role in it, he said, Ankara with its “entrepreneurial and humanitarian” foreign policy, is active all over the world.
Türkiye and Algeria in May signed multiple new agreements as they seek to grow their bilateral relations further and strengthen cooperation, with a particular focus on the defense industry during a visit by Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune to Ankara.
Tebboune’s trip to Türkiye marked the first presidential visit in 17 years since the one in 2005 by the late Abdelaziz Bouteflika. In 2006, the two countries signed friendship and cooperation agreements to enhance ties. Türkiye opened its embassy in Algeria in 1963, a year after the North African country declared its independence.