- Algerian authorities have signed a framework agreement with Great Britain in the defense sector to formalise and legalise relations between the two countries.
The newly signed agreement by British Defence Minister, Bob Ainsworth, on a visit to Algiers yesterday, aims to legalise the cooperation between the two countries on defense, including the training of Algerian officers in Britain. It is also expected to pave the way for more joint military exercises between the two countries.
In a statement issued by British Embassy in Algiers, the outline agreement aims to regularise cooperation between the two countries in defense matters, particularly the training of Algerian officers in Great Britain.
“The formations which are already in place, will be intensified through this legal framework,” the statement said, further stating that it will also allow cooperation in other aspects, such as joint military exercises and regular annual meetings between the two countries.
According to the statement, some Algerian officers are already trained in Britain, emphasising that the agreement allows the scheme to be extended further in cementing ties between the two countries.
The two countries' meeting has also tackled issues against terrorism which it is taking a toll in the North Africa state.
Algeria, a gateway between Africa and Europe, has been battered by violence over the past half-century.
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