Egypt's Mahlab meets Algerian PM at US-African Summit

Ahram Online, Wednesday 6 Aug 2014

The two ministers discussed trade exchange and ways to help Egypt profit from Algerian gas production during summit's final day in Washington

Ibrahim Mahlab
Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb. (Photo:Reuters)

Egypt's Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab met with his Algerian counterpart on Wednesday in Washington where both leaders are currently taking part in the US-African summit, Al-Ahram's Arabic news website reported.

Their meeting took place in the headquarters of the US State Department.

The two ministers discussed means to develop trade exchanges and also how to bring profits to Egypt from Algerian gas production.

Mahlab participated in the US-African summit's final day, titled "Investment in Africa's Future".

Meanwhile, according to AFP, US President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the US wants to help Africa fight unrest from extremists and international terrorism, as the high-level summit turned to security challenges across the continent.

"We have the opportunity to deepen our security cooperation against common threats," he promised on the third and final day of the summit with 50 African national delegations.

"We can focus on how we can continue to strengthen Africa's capacity to meet transitional threats – transnational threats – and, in doing so, make all of our nations more secure."

Obama also said African governments, despite receiving a flood of investment and trade from around the world, should strengthen the rule of law and respect civil rights to underpin economic progress.

Tuesday's session of the summit saw US and African companies along with the World Bank pledge new investments in construction, energy and information technology projects in Africa at the US-Africa Business Forum, including several joint ventures between US and African partners, according to Reuters.

"The United States is determined to be a partner in Africa's success," Obama said in a speech at the forum. "A good partner, an equal partner, and a partner for the long term."

The US president also urged African officials to create conditions to support foreign investment and growth.

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