Algeria and Iraq to enhance relations and trade ties

Jul 13, 2000 02:00 AM

Algerian Minister of Commerce Mourad Medelci left the Iraqi capital Baghdad after concluding his visit to the country. Upon departure, Medelci said he has reached agreement with Iraqi officials on enhancing relations, especially trade ties, between the two countries.
Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan, Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz, Minister of Finance Hikmet Mizban Ibrahim, Trade Minister Mohammad Mehdi Salah, Health Minister Umid Medhat Mubarak and Foreign Minister Mohammad Said Al-Sahaf all held talks with the Algerian minister.
Medelci arrived in the Iraqi capital Baghdad for closer bilateral ties. During the talks, Iraqi officials appreciated Algeria's stand of solidarity with the Iraqi people, and expressed hope that ties between the two countries be enhanced in all fields.

Medelci affirmed his country's willingness to conclude new contracts with Iraq under the current United Nations oil-for-food program. During the past seven phases of the UN oil-for-food deal, Algeria signed contracts worth $ 70 mm with Iraq.
The UN humanitarian accord is an exemption to the UN economic sanctions imposed on Iraq since its 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
The program allows Iraq to sell limited amount of crude oil every six months to buy food, medicine and other humanitarian supplies to help offset the crippling impacts of the sanctions. Algeria, as an Arab country, has been calling on the UN as well as the Arab League for lifting the decade-old UN sanctions.

Source: Xinhua via Newspage
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