Jordan king on working visit to Algeria

November 12, 2008

ALGIERS (AFP) -– King Abdullah II of Jordan arrived Monday in Algeria for what is described as a ""working visit"" at the invitation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

The king, at the head of a large delegation, was greeted at the airport by Bouteflika and began private talks with him at the state residence at Zeralda west of Algiers.
According to the Algerian state news agency APS the discussions were later to be broadened to include delegations from the two countries.
The discussions between the two leaders will ""bear on the situation in the Arab world and issues of common interest at the national and international level"", a statement from the president's office said.
The length of the visit has not been disclosed.
The last visit by a Jordanian monarch dates back to 1999. Bouteflika went to Amman in February 2000.
Jordan wants to extend its economic relationship with Algeria, in particular in the field of medicines.
Its exports to Algeria last year were worth 80.6 million dollars, chiefly made up of milk powder, calcium carbonate for industrial use, other chemical products, clothes, tools and antibiotics, according to official figures.