Algeria marks National Day
TEHRAN - 2 Nov 2011.
Algeria’s Embassy on Tuesday evening held a ceremony In Tehran to mark the National Day.
Algerian Ambassador Sofiane Mimouni hosted the ceremony as many distinguished Iranian officials and diplomats were present in the ceremony.
Majlis deputies like Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel and Alaeddn Boroujerdi were among the guests.
H.E. Mimouni in his speech praised Iran and ties with this country and expressed hope that the ties between the two countries get boost.
On the sidelines of the ceremony, H.E. Mimouni irf an interview talked about his country and development of ties with Iran as follows:
- How do you view the relations between Iran and Algeria?
Ambassador Mimouni : Algeria and Iran enjoy warm and excellent relations. The longstanding relations of friendship between the two countries have been marked in the course of recent years by a common willingness embark the bilateral relations on a new dynamic. This dynamic was reflected through the regular high level consultations between the two presidents and high officials of the two states on bilateral as well as multilateral issues.
It was also reflected through the recent visits that. Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi paid a visit to Algeria last February and July and in Tehran in November 2010, of the first session of the High Joint Commission between Algeria and Iran. These visits and meetings have illustrated the desire of the two countries to start a new phase marked by a political will and a mutual resolve to reinforce and develop the bilateral relations.
Algeria and Iran are examining means susceptible of extending projects of economic cooperation. There is a firm determination of both countries to develop a larger cooperation in all fields.
The traditional ties of friendship, the economic potentialities of the two countries and the great opportunities offered by their respective economies, all these are but another reasons to foster our cooperation in all areas notably as far as economy is concerned.
I am confident that the strong will of Algeria and Iran to foster their bilateral relations will soon be translated in the field through concrete acts.
|Mr. Hossain Amirabdollahian, Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs (L) was among the guests.|
- How do you view the cooperation and coordination between Algeria and Iran on international issues?
The relations between Algeria and the Islamic Republic of Iran had witnessed during the last decade a remarkable evolution marked by a constant dialog at the highest level of the state on political issues of common interest. Besides the meetings between the two heads of states, the foreign ministers of both countries are bound by an agreement establishing a mechanism of political consultations allowing a regular exchange of views on international and regional issues. The visits of Ali Akbar Salehi to Algeria in February and July 2011 were an excellent opportunity for Algeria and Iran to exchange views on many issues.
The many challenges our countries are facing, the uncertainties prevailing in the international scene, and the fact that Algeria and the Islamic Republic of Iran belong to the same political groupings (Non-Alignment Movement, G77 and OJC) constitutes as many factors of incitement for regular political consultation between our two countries.
|Mr. Alaeddn Boroujerdi, Chairman of the parliament Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy (L)|
- Can you comment on the evolution of Algeria after the revolution against the colonialization?
Algeria celebrates the 57th anniversary of its National Day November 1 marks indeed the start in 1954 of the struggle for national liberation which led to the independence of the country on July 5, 1962 after 132 years of French colonization.
Eight years of war had shattered Algeria. Besides one and half million Algerian casualties, nearly two million Algerians had lost their homes. The departure of the French left the country without a skilled labor to keep the country running. One has to recall that in 1962, Algeria had only 2600 bachelors, among them 900 in the university to administer and run a country of 10 million inhabitants whose 85 percent were illiterate. So, everything had to be built; the administration, the agriculture, the industry, the education, health, etc.
This year’s celebration comes under very promising development. Under the leadership of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Algeria is embarked in the implementation of a vast program of reforms aimed at reinforcing the democratic process and consolidating the state of law.
Indeed President Bouteflika announced on April 15, 2011, major political reforms including the entire legislative framework (construction, electoral law, law on parties, text governing the associations and law on information). All political parties were associated to these reforms aimed at deepening the democratic process and giving the opportunity to the people to contribute more to the decisions that affect their future.
These political reforms were initiated after the restoration of peace and security, the lift of the state of emergency and the implementation of an ambitious economic program. In this regard, 1 must recall that the government launched three investment programs ($ 150b for 2000-2005, $200b for 2005-2011 and $250b for 2010-2015).
These programs yielded positive results with the realization of various infrastructure and socio-economic equipments and the reduction of the deficit in housing with the realization of one million housing units every five years.
The efforts undertaken in order to relaunch the economy have borne results described as positive by foreign partners as well as international organizations and financial institutions. Indeed, today the economy is growing, the budget is in surplus, the inflation rate stands at reasonable levels (4%), foreign currency reserves had reached $188b and the foreign debt was settled ($36b in 2000). The IMF expects Algeria’s economic growth to reach 4.5% this year and 5.4% in 2010. According to the IMF latest report, the economic outlook of Algeria is expected to continue to be good.
It is to say that the celebration of our national day takes place, this year, at a time when the country is engaged in a process of real national renewal. Thanks to the strategy of President Bouteflika, Algeria has gained back its stability, restored its audience and confidence in the future is today stronger than yesterday.
source: Iran News