H.E. Mr. Abdelmalek Sellal underlines need to boost Algeria-Iran economic cooperation

2nd High Joint Commission - Algiers

ALGIERS, 17 Dec: Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal underlined, Thursday in Algiers, the need to step up efforts to boost the economic cooperation between Algeria and Iran.

In his opening address at the Algerian-Iranian High Joint Commission, he co-chaired with Iran Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri, Sellal said that "the economic cooperation does not reflect the huge potentialities of the two countries," calling "to intensify efforts and boost the existing cooperation mechanisms in order to develop the economic relations."

The Premier stressed the need for "favourable environment, removing administrative obstacles for investors and encouraging them to seize investment opportunities for win-win partnerships."

Sellal also welcomed the "holding of the Algerian-Iranian Business Forum, hoping that it will further strengthen relations between the economic operators."

In this regard, the Premier said that the high joint Commission would help lifting obstacles impeding the implementation of what have been agreed on and discuss regional and international issues.

Sellal also expressed satisfaction at the level of cultural exchanges between two countries, reaffirming Algeria's readiness to continue cooperation in this important field.

Algeria ready to promote dialogue, boost cooperation

"Algeria is fully ready to promote dialogue between our two countries and to intensify consultation and coordination, especially in this current international context marked by tensions, and various challenges posed to the Muslim nation with the upsurge of terrorism, extremism and religious conflicts, which tarnish the image of Islam and Muslims, and harm the interests of our States," said Sellal.

"Algeria remains faithful to the principles of its foreign policy and is fully aware of its responsibilities and duties," said the Premier.

"Algeria is ready to provide full support to the United Nations efforts for the resolution of the conflict in Western Sahara," he added, calling on the international community to "its responsibility towards the Sahrawi people, in accordance with the international law."

Sellal also reiterated "Algeria's unfailing support to the Palestinian people in their struggle to recover their rights in the establishment of an independent State with al-Quds for the capital."

As regards the situation in the Arab world, the Premier expressed "Algeria's deep concern over the deteriorating situation in Libya, Syria, Iraq and Yemen."

"Dialogue and consultation between all parties to conflict remain the best means to resolve the crises in these countries, in accordance with the international law and the UN resolutions," he added.

Algeria, which had fought terrorism for a decade and defeated it after paying a heavy price, is fully aware of the seriousness of the scourge, which has nothing to do with Islam and constitutes a global threat, hence the need for coordination of international community efforts to combat it," added Sellal.