‘This decision marks a qualitative leap forward in our bilateral relations,’ announced the High Representative at the end of the meeting. ‘It is also the first policy framework document of such ambition signed with an EU partner country in North Africa since the Association Agreement came into force in 2005.
We have decided to deepen even further our strategic cooperation and our dialogue on common challenges, and the responses to those challenges. On regional security, we held lengthy discussions on our joint work in the Sahel, Mali, Libya and Africa, on the fight against terrorism and on other areas of cooperation, including mobility, migration and energy.’
The two parties also discussed internal developments in the European Union and in Algeria. Ms Mogherini underlined the democratic progress achieved in Algeria and the principles of good governance and the rule of law introduced as part of the constitutional reform of February 2016, and also the statements made by the Algerian Government on economic reforms.
The High Representative also announced that, at the invitation of the Algerian Government, the European Union is to deploy an Election Expert Mission in the run-up to the Algerian parliamentary elections to be held on 4 May.