The Algerian President, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, received the Swiss Minister of Justice and Police, Karin Keller-Sutter, at the headquarters of the Presidency of the Republic. According to the Swiss Minister, the meeting was fruitful. This is the first visit to Algeria by a head of the Federal Department of Justice for several decades.
On an official visit to Algeria, the Swiss Minister of Justice and Police, Karin Keller-Sutter, was received at the headquarters of the Presidency of the Republic by Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Wednesday. On leaving the audience, the Swiss minister told the press that the meeting with President Tebboune was « fruitful », adding that the latter gave her a « very warm » welcome that « reflects the friendship between the two countries », as well as that given by the ministers of Justice, Keeper of the Seals, and of the Interior, Local Authorities and Territorial Planning.
« We have agreed to strengthen the good cooperation between the two countries to ensure the security of our citizens, both in Switzerland and in Algeria, » she said. Earlier on Wednesday, Karin Keller-Sutter was received by her Algerian counterpart, Belkacem Zeghmati, as well as the Minister of the Interior, Kamel Beldjoud. The delegations of both countries agreed to strengthen their police, migration and judicial cooperation. This is the first visit to Algeria by a head of the Federal Department of Justice in several decades, according to a DFJP press release.
Migration and security are priority issues for Switzerland and Algeria in their bilateral relations. Karin Keller-Sutter and the Algerian Minister of the Interior confirmed, during a working meeting, their mutual interest in strengthening cooperation in these two areas. « The readmission agreement concluded in 2006 regulates the procedures applicable to illegal immigrants between Switzerland and Algeria. Although the agreement is correctly applied, the effective removal of Algerian nationals illegally residing in Switzerland remains difficult, » according to the FDJP.
« Algeria is considered an important transit and destination country on the migration routes from sub-Saharan African countries and is thus itself subject to great migration pressure », the FDJP analyses. As a country of origin of migration, Algeria also sees a high number of its citizens leaving for the European continent, often in search of better economic prospects.