Merkel visits gas-rich Algeria, firm gets mosque contract

Germany is heavily dependent on energy from Russia, which provides a quarter of Europe's gas needs.

Merkel visits gas-rich Algeria, firm gets mosque contract
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, aiming to deepen energy ties on a visit to gas exporter Algeria, held talks on Thursday with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the OPEC member state's APS news agency reported.

A German construction company has secured the contract to build the world's third-largest mosque in Algiers, during a two-day visit to the Algerian capital by Chancellor Angela Merkel, it was announced Thursday.

German architects Engel and Zimmermann, together with construction engineers Krebs and Kiefer, are to build the mosque to hold 40,000 faithful over the next four years.

Also present at the discussions were Algerian Energy and Mines Minister Chakib Khekil, who is the current president of OPEC, Deputy Defence Minister Abdelmalek Guenaizia, Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci and Telecommunications Minister Hamid Bessallah, the official agency reported.

Merkel said on Wednesday, on the first day of her two-day visit, that she wanted to begin a gas partnership with Algeria to diversify Germany's energy supplies.

Germany is heavily dependent on energy from Russia, which provides a quarter of Europe's gas needs.

Agencies
Last Mod: 17 Temmuz 2008, 16:30
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