News ID: 14043
Published: 0346 GMT October 22, 2014

Algeria willing to foster economic relations

Algeria is quite willing to foster economic relations with Iran and will use all its potentials to further boost mutual cooperation, said the Algerian ambassador to Tehran.

In an exclusive interview with Iran Daily, Sofiane Mimouni said, "There are great potentials for Algeria-Iran cooperation which has real and concrete prospects. In this regard, bilateral relations are being strengthened in a continuous, global and balanced manner in all aspects."

"They should identify new areas of cooperation, diversify economic exchanges and promote partnership in some sectors. However, the responsibility for strengthening ties does not lie solely with the governments but also with the businessmen and the chambers of trade. The chambers of trade of the two countries need to be more active and disseminate information on the economic opportunities available in Algerian and Iranian markets."

Commenting on the exchange of visits by senior delegations of the two countries, the Algerian ambassador said relations between Algeria and Iran are marked by a new dynamic reflecting the excellent ties that bind the two countries.

He added the visits of delegations from the two sides are regular and are expected to intensify in the future, particularly after the holding of the second session of the Joint Commission.

"The Chairman of the People's National Assembly, Mohamed Larbi Ould Khalifa, was in Tehran in February 2014 to take part in the 9th session of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation Member States (PUOICM) and was received by President Hassan Rouhani.

The Secretary General of the Algerian Ministry of Foreign affairs was in Iran last August to attend the Ministerial Meeting of the Committee on Palestine. He had the opportunity to meet Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif and exchange views on many regional and international issues.

A delegation of Algerian writers took part in a symposium from October 6-9 organized by Shahid Beheshti University, on contemporary Algerian literature.

On the eve of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the November 1st Revolution, Djamila Boupacha, the heroine of the struggle for national liberation and freedom fighter was in Tehran from October 5 to 19.

He said a delegation of the Algerian Ministry of Agriculture was in Tehran on October 18 and 19 to participate in a regional workshop on the planning and identification of quinoa.

Mimouni further noted the Algerian minister of habitat is expected to visit Iran in November while the Iranian minister of culture and Islamic guidance will visit Algeria early 2015.

On the measures required to be taken by Islamic countries to overcome the challenges and put an end to the violence posed (by ISIL, and Al Qaeda(, he said, "I do not think that the challenges you are referring to are related only to the Muslim world. The terrorist organizations that claim to fight for Islam and use its name for terror, violence and hatred have nothing to do with Islam. Islam is innocent from the vile terrorist acts that are committed in its name. In fact, the rise of extremism and the emergence of new and complex threats constitute a major challenge to the international community and needs to be addressed. Terrorism is a global threat that requires a long term coherent international response."

After many years of effective fight against terrorism, Algeria has acquired a rich experience and has today a clear vision of what should be done to face this scourge, he noted.

"As a global threat, terrorism requires a global response. The eradication of this phenomenon requires a comprehensive approach, including political, economic, diplomatic, military and legal means."

Because this fight requires regional and international cooperation, Algeria is sharing today with many countries its strategy and experience in the fight against terrorism, he said.

Mimouni stressed that there is no doubt that the success of the fight against terrorism depends on the ability of the international community to take concrete actions in a coordinated manner at the national, regional and international levels.

"Indeed, counterterrorism cannot succeed without a collective response at all levels which means the existence of an imperative and a common international interest that require cooperation to curb this scourge which constitute a serious threat to security and stability."

November 1 Revolution

On October 21, 2014, Mimouni held a ceremony at his residence, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the country's November 1 Revolution.

Among the special guests were the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi, Roads and Urban Development Minister Abbas Akhoundi, senior member of Iran's Majlis Gholam-Reza Mesbahi-Moqaddam, Majlis Director-General for International Affairs Hossein Sheikholeslam, President of Islamic Revolution Mostazafan Foundation Ali Saeedi-Kia and Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi as well as a number of ambassadors.

In a speech at the ceremony, Mimouni said, "November 1, 1954, marks the onset of Algeria's struggle for national liberation."

He added that under the leadership of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Algeria has consolidated its stability and revived its economy.

"Algeria is emerging again as an active player in the regional and international scene."

Speaking at the same ceremony, Salehi said given Iran's considerable experience in the peaceful use of nuclear technology, Tehran is ready to expand nuclear cooperation with interested friendly countries within the framework of International Atomic Energy Agency regulations.

Referring to the growing relations between the two countries, he said, "Ties between Tehran and Algiers are favorable. The two countries' presidents have also held effective talks to further bolster relations."

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