Vice President Hamid Ansari on two-day visit to Algeria


VP Hamid Ansari arrived the last night in Algeria for a two-day visit during which he will interact with the nation's top leadership on different reciprocal issues like anti-terror cooperation.

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Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs Sujata Mehta said the issue of cross border terrorism emanating from across India's border will be raised amid the bilateral gatherings the Vice-President will have with Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and other top leadership.

She said terrorism is not new for Algeria and it has battled a very difficult terror group in the recent past.

"There will be gatherings of minds to battle terrorism with every one of his conversationalists and partners," she said.

Algeria's President Bouteflika was the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations in 2001.

Two-sided exchange amongst India and Algeria remained at 1.5 billion for each annum, dominant part of which are identified with bringing in oil and oil items to India.

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