TLEMCEN- Minister of Mujahedeen (War Veterans) Tayeb Zitouni said Sunday, in Tlemcen, that the tribute paid to late president Ahmed Ben Bella is also that of the nation’s heroes.
“We have met today to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the this leader and mujaheed (war veteran) who remained faithful to his principles,” said the minister in his speech at the opening of the international colloquium on “The personality of Ahmed Ben Bella, a national and international dimension,” which is being held at the Palace of Culture of Tlemcen.
“The faithfulness of this man was shown through in his struggle, resistance and suffering, placing him among the world’s leaders and Africa’s wise men,” added Zitouni in this colloquium which brought together researchers from various universities of the country and from abroad as well as mujahedeen (war veterans).
The minister also underlined the tribute paid, May 2005, by President Bouteflika to this historic figure who was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Tlemcen, describing him as “a man of the 20th century who inspired with his ideas all those wishing to follow the path of the sincere mujahedeen.”
After stressing the Algerian people’s duty to honour the memory of these heroes, Tayeb Zitouni referred to the message of President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika, describing it as a “message of pride and dignity for the security, peace and stability to take up the challenges of development and achieve the outlined objectives.”