The relations between Algeria and Iran have developed in the recent years, in a climate of trust, mutual respect and balance of interests, reflecting the political will of the two countries to take profit of their economic potentialities and complementarities.
At the instigation of President Bouteflika and President Rouhani, the relations of friendship between the two countries have been marked in the course of these last years by a shared willingness to embark the bilateral relations on a new dynamic. This dynamic was reflected by the exchange of visits and high level consultations between high officials of the two countries on bilateral as well multilateral issues.
The participation of Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal in the 03rd Gas Exporting Countries Forum, held in Tehran, on November 2015, has given him the opportunity to discuss the ways of strengthening bilateral cooperation and to exchange views on the issues of common interests with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President of the Republic Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Ali Laridjani and First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri.
The quality of the relationship between the two countries was also reflected through the holding, in Algiers, on December 2015, of the Second Session of the Algerian-Iranian High Joint Commission, co-chaired by Prime Minister Abelmalek Sellal and Iran First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri, and the Fourth Session of the Follow-up committee, co-chaired by Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and the Arab League, Abdelkader Messahel, and Iran Minister of Road and Urban Development, Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi.
These meetings have been an excellent opportunity to build renewed momentum and give new impetus to the bilateral relations. On this occasion, five executive cooperation programs and three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) have been signed.
The executive cooperation programs concern the fields of youth and sports for 2016-2017, vocational training and education (2016-2017), culture (2016-2018), public works (2016-2017), as well as higher education and scientific research (2016-2018).
The three MoU are related to cooperation in the field of higher education and scientific research, judicial cooperation, and cooperation between the Institute of International Diplomatic Relation (IDRI) and the Iranian Faculty School of International Relations.
Pursuant to the recommendations of the Algerian-Iranian High Joint Commission, visits by Algerian and Iranian Authorities are planned during 2016. In this regard, the Minister of Water Resources and Environment Abdelouahab Nouri visited Iran in February 2016 at the invitation of Iranian Minister of Energy Hamid Tchitchian with whom he agreed on the need to strengthen cooperation in this sector. On this occasion, Mr.Nouri also met the Iranian First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri.
In September 2015, the Governor of the Bank of Algeria Mohamed Laksaci, during his visit to Tehran, signed, with his Iranian counterpart Valiollah Seif, a MoU aiming to promote the partnership between the two institutions and encourage exchanges between Algerian and Iranian commercial banks.
In order to explore opportunities of economic partnership, a business mission headed by The President of the Algerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry visited Tehran in May 2015 and had fructuous contacts with the Iranian business community. On their part, Iranian companies showed great interest in the Algerian market and some of them are now present in Algeria.
On the Cultural level, The Algerian Embassy, on the occasion of the celebration of the 53rd anniversary of independence, organized, from 6 to 10 June 2015, Open Doors on Algeria at the Residence of the Ambassador. Also, on the occasion of celebration of the 61st anniversary of the Glorious War of Liberation, the Embassy organized Algerian cultural days, at the Milad Tower, in Tehran, from 27 to 30 October 2015. These two events were aiming to introduce Algerian culture, history, gastronomy, handicraft, and touristic potentialities to the Iranian public.
Iran too, in the framework of the festivities of “Constantine, Capital of Arab Culture”, held, in October 2015, a cultural week in Constantine and Algiers, which witnessed a great success. In the upcoming months, it will be the turn of Algeria to present its rich and diversified culture and heritage to the Iranian public on the occasion of the Algerian Cultural week in Iran.
This intense activity indicates that the Algerian-Iranian cooperation is strengthening in a continuous, global and balanced manner in order to involve all aspects of the bilateral relation and, thus, to take advantage of the great potentialities existing in both countries.