New Tunisian PM visits Algeria


ALGIERS - Tunisia's new prime minister held talks with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika here Tuesday during a one-day visit to explain developments at home, the APS news agency announced.
Beji Caid Essebsi, who heads a caretaker government installed after the popular revolt that ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, was met at the airport by Algeria's Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia.
"I have come to brief the authorities on the situation in Tunisia and benefit from their opinion," Caid Essebsi was quoted by APS as saying.
"Our Algerian brothers are the most likely candidates for an exchange of opinions," Essebsi said.
Also present at the airport and in the meeting with Bouteflika was the junior minister for Maghreb (north African) and African affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, the agency said.
Essebsi had a separate meeting with his Algerian counterpart.
After Algiers, the Tunisian prime minister will go to Morocco, during his first trip abroad since the uprising that toppled Ben Ali on January 14.