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Visit to Algeria

June 19, 2012

Meeting Algerian Foreign Minister Mr Mourad Medelci in Algiers on June 18, 2012

I’m very proud to be the first Australian Foreign Minister to visit Algeria. It is a great honour. Australia has a lot to discuss with Algeria and in particular, it is an opportunity to canvass views on the full range of issues in this region. Yesterday I sought the advice and guidance of the Algerian Foreign Minister Mr Mourad Medelci on many of the geopolitical issues that the world is talking about.

I have also been looking at opportunities for economic cooperation.

  1. sheree waks permalink
    June 19, 2012 10:59 am

    Will you also visit the Western Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf while in Algeria, since Western Sahara is the last colony in Africa not to have independence, and Australia is importing superphosphate from WS while under Moroccan occupation, and the benefits from those sales do not go to the Sahrawis.

    • Bob Carr permalink*
      June 19, 2012 3:12 pm

      No. Australia’s position is to support a UN-sponsored solution. Discussed it with the Foreign Minister last night.

  2. Mr. Chafik Mendil permalink
    June 19, 2012 6:45 pm

    Your excellency,
    Welcome to Algeria, Marhaba bikoum fi Biladikoum. I am delighted to be here in Algeria while you visit this beautiful country as the FIRST Australian foreign minister. Being a dual citizen I can only hope that the level of cooperation will reach a more DECENT proportion between the two nations compare to what it is today and that your visit will be a prelude to more to come. I wish more Australian companies will invist in Algeria and more of our follow citizens will plan to visit and discover the marvels of this great land of freedom loving people with a big and a very Generous heart.

  3. balthazar permalink
    June 19, 2012 10:46 pm

    Un sponsored soloution? LOL Like their soloution in Syria?

    • Bob Carr permalink*
      June 21, 2012 3:21 pm

      And your brilliant diplomatic resolution?

      • Tony permalink
        June 21, 2012 3:34 pm

        How about non intervention? Its a terrible thing thats happening in Syria, and if Syrians want to stand up for their freedoms, well and good.But, I’m not convinced that US NATO meddling in Syria is more humanitarian motivation than political opportunism.

  4. June 20, 2012 8:17 am

    I hope Mr Carr that you will be promoting the reproductive rights of women at Rio20 and, as a good global citizen, reminding fellow countries of their commitments to 1995 Beijing Declaration. Thank you.

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