Türkiye's Erdogan to Visit Algeria to Boost Economic Relations

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan receives President Tebboune during his recent visit to Turkiye. (file photo: Algerian Presidency)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan receives President Tebboune during his recent visit to Turkiye. (file photo: Algerian Presidency)
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Türkiye's Erdogan to Visit Algeria to Boost Economic Relations

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan receives President Tebboune during his recent visit to Turkiye. (file photo: Algerian Presidency)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan receives President Tebboune during his recent visit to Turkiye. (file photo: Algerian Presidency)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Algeria on Tuesday at the invitation of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

Talks between the leaders will focus on boosting relations in all fields, significantly strengthening economic ties.

According to Turkish sources, they will focus on boosting bilateral ties and address regional and international issues, notably the Israeli war on Gaza.

Turkish-Algerian ties have witnessed remarkable development at all levels in recent years and increased momentum after President Abdelmadjid Tebboune took power in 2019.

After assuming the presidency, Tebboune made his first visit to Türkiye in May 2022, 17 years after the last visit made by late President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Tebboune made a second visit in July.

Erdogan had last visited Algeria in January 2020.

During his visit, officials signed a joint declaration on establishing the Türkiye-Algeria High-Level Cooperation Council.

The countries had signed the "Friendship and Cooperation Agreement" in 2006 to improve their relations.

Erdogan and Tebboune met again on the sidelines of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York in September 2022.

Türkiye and Algeria maintain full coordination in resolving Palestinian and regional issues.

Earlier this month, Erdogan said he attaches great importance to his visit to Algeria, saying it has clear positions and significant influence in Africa.

On Monday, Turkish media quoted Türkiye's ambassador to Algeria, Mucahit Kucukyilmaz, as saying that many steps need to be taken between Ankara and Algiers, amid the high potential of both nations, especially in the economic fields.

Turkish investments in Algeria topped $6 billion, and trade volume between them reached $5.3 billion in 2022, said the ambassador, expecting it to exceed $6 billion this year.

The two countries' leadership plans to increase trade volume to over $10 billion.

Over ten agreements are on Erdogan’s agenda in Algeria. They cover economic and cultural affairs, including opening a branch of the "Turkish Agricultural Bank," al-Maarif School, and the Yunus Emre Institute in Algeria.



Israeli Forces Pull Back after Gaza City Offensive, Leaving Dozens of Bodies

Palestinians gather as they inspect the damages after Israeli forces withdrew from a part of Gaza City, following a ground operation, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in Gaza City, July 12, 2024. REUTERS/Dawoud Abu Alkas
Palestinians gather as they inspect the damages after Israeli forces withdrew from a part of Gaza City, following a ground operation, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in Gaza City, July 12, 2024. REUTERS/Dawoud Abu Alkas
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Israeli Forces Pull Back after Gaza City Offensive, Leaving Dozens of Bodies

Palestinians gather as they inspect the damages after Israeli forces withdrew from a part of Gaza City, following a ground operation, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in Gaza City, July 12, 2024. REUTERS/Dawoud Abu Alkas
Palestinians gather as they inspect the damages after Israeli forces withdrew from a part of Gaza City, following a ground operation, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in Gaza City, July 12, 2024. REUTERS/Dawoud Abu Alkas

Israeli forces retreated from some Gaza City districts overnight after a fierce, week-long military offensive, leaving dozens of dead and wrecked homes and roads in the Palestinian enclave's biggest urban area, residents and rescue service said on Friday.

The offensive, 10 months into Israel's campaign to eliminate Hamas militants, took place as US-backed mediators sought to finalize a peace deal that would free remaining hostages taken by the militants in their cross-border rampage on Oct. 7.

According to Reuters, the Gaza Civil Emergency Service said teams had collected around 60 bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces over the past week from the area of Tel Al-Hawa and the edges of the Sabra neighborhood in Gaza City.

Both residents and rescue teams cautioned that while tanks withdrew from some areas, Israeli snipers and tanks continued to control high ground at some locations, and warned residents against trying to return to their homes in those areas.

"There are bodies scattered in the streets, dismembered bodies, there are bodies of entire families, there are also bodies inside a home of an entire family that was completely burned," Gaza Strip Civil Defense spokesperson Mahmoud Basal said in comments carried by media in Hamas-run Gaza.

The Israeli military had said on Thursday that its forces were working to dismantle Hamas capabilities in Gaza City, and that it "follows international law and takes feasible precautions to mitigate civilian harm." It said the same was not true of Hamas.

The armed wings of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad said they had fought fierce battles against Israeli forces, attacking them with anti-tank rockets and mortar fire, killing and wounding many. There has been no Israeli army comment on those claims.

Home to more than a quarter of Gaza's residents before the war, Gaza City was largely razed to the ground in late 2023, but hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have returned to homes in the ruins. Israel has once again ordered them out, though it is unclear where residents can go safely. Israel controls most of Gaza's borders and is also attacking central and southern Gaza.