Polish foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski on Saturday began a working visit to Algeria and Tunisia, the foreign ministry in Warsaw confirmed.
Waszczykowski’s programme includes talks with the prime ministers of both countries, Ahmed Ouyahia and Youssef Shahed, and the foreign ministers, Abdelkader Messahel and Khemaies Jhinaoui.
While in Tunisia, he is also expected to meet the country’s President, Beji Caid Essebsi.
According to a statement from the Polish foreign ministry, the diplomat’s agenda in Algiers and Tunis will be dominated by bilateral issues and developments in North Africa, notably “in the context of the processes that impact on the situation in Europe, such as uncontrolled migration and terrorism.”
Among other things, Waszczykowski will also listen to views and opinions on the “security developments in the Sahel region, including Mali, and prospects for ending the conflict in Libya.”
The Algerian leg of the visit will also see the signing of a Polish-Algerian agreement on establishing a joint intergovernmental committee for economic, commercial, scientific and technological cooperation. The measure is meant to enable “better management of bilateral economic collaboration.”