ALGIERS, June 8 (Xinhua) -- France's Foreign Minister Affairs Laurent Fabius began on Sunday a two-day official visit to Algeria to boost bilateral relations and discuss security cooperation.
Fabius was greeted by his Algerian counterpart, Ramtane Lamamra, after he arrived at Houari-Boumediene Airport in Algiers.
"I am constantly working with my Algerian counterpart, and this friendly visit will further the excellent bilateral relations between Algeria and France," Fabius said.
The top French diplomat told reporters that his visit is the result of a joint committee between the two governments, which concluded last December.
This committee paved the way for the establishment of a regular political dialogue between Algeria and its former colonizer.
Fabius broached pressing regional issues, including the crises hitting neighboring Mali and Libya.
"Algeria and France are following up closely the developments in the region. In Mali, we were forced to intervene to fight against terrorism, and this threat still exists," he said, while praising Algerian efforts to solve the crisis in the north of Mali.
"As for the situation in Libya, we are both concerned, because it is a big nation facing major difficulties, while Algeria and France are side by side in terms of the fight against terrorism," he said.
The French foreign minister is accompanied by a delegation composed of members of parliament, senior officials from the French Foreign Ministry and a score of business operators, the APS news agency reported.
While in Algeria, Fabius will hold talks with top officials, including President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal.