Turkey, Algeria agree to boost strategic cooperation

urkey and Algeria agreed Wednesday to boost their strategic cooperation in all fields as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan concluded his two-day visit to the North African nation.
An agreement to extend Algeria’s natural gas export to Turkey for another 10 years was sealed when Erdogan visited the hydrocarbon area of Arzew, near Algeria’s western Oran province where oil and gas refineries have been installed.
During his visit, Erdogan expressed his desire to cancel the visa procedure for travelers between the two countries in order to boost bilateral tourism.
Earlier in the day, Erdogan vowed in the University of Algiers to “strengthen relations between the Algerian and Turkish universities through expansion of student exchange missions.”
On Tuesday, Erdogan said to the members of the National People’ s Council (the lower house) that his country is eager to increase trade volume with the North African nation to 10 billion U.S. dollars a year.
The trade exchange between the two nations was 5 billion dollars in 2012, according to the Algerian customs.