ALGIERS- Algeria and Congo have decided to give a fresh impetus to bilateral cooperation in all areas, Congolese President Denis Sassou N'Guesso said Tuesday in Algiers, dubbing his visit to Algeria a "total success."
"It is a historical moment as we have decided to give a fresh impetus to our bilateral relations in all fields," Sassou N'Guesso said at the end of a meeting with President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Describing his visit to Algeria as a "total success," which ended by the signing of about fifteen cooperation agreements in all areas, Congo's head of State said the impetus to cooperation is possible "through the political will and ideals Algeria and Congo have always defended."
The Congolese leader added that he also tackled with President Bouteflika regional and international issues of common interest, including the latest developments in Libya.
ALGIERS- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika has held discussions, Tuesday in Algiers, with President of Congo Denis Sassou N'Guesso, who is on a working visit to Algeria.
The discussions were attended by Speaker of People's National Assembly (Lower House of Parliament), Mohamed-Larbi Ould Khelifa, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, Minister of State, Principal Private Secretary to the Presidency of the Republic Ahmed Ouyahia, Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra, Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel and Minister of Industry and Mining Abdessalem Bouchouareb.
Sassou N'Guesso started Monday a four-day state visit to Algeria.
ALGIERS- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika has received, Sunday in Algiers, Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel.
During the audience, Messahel gave the Head of State an account of the situation in the region, especially in Sahel, Mali and Libya.
The minister also presented to President Bouteflika a comprehensive report on the latest developments in the Arab world and Africa.
Messahel informed the Head of State of the outcomes of 147th session of Arab Foreign Ministers' Council, held in Cairo on 7 March, as well as the installation of the new members of the AU Commission, in Addis Ababa last Thursday
In this regard, President Bouteflika gave some guidance on the resolution of conflicts, particularly in Libya and on addressing the challenges facing the Sahel region, especially the fight against terrorism.
The Head of State reiterated Algeria's position on the settlement of conflicts, its rejection of any form of foreign interference and the promotion of dialogue and political solution, as the only means to restore security and stability.
EL BAYADH- The Victory Day is a major stage in the history of Algeria and the crowning of the relentless struggle against the French colonialism, said Sunday President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
"The victory Day is a milestone in Algeria's history and the crowning of the relentless struggle against the yoke of colonialism, from which the Algerian people suffered and continue to suffer from its legacy," said President Bouteflika in a message marking the Victory Day (19 March), read on his behalf by the Adviser to the Presidency of the Republic, Mohamed Ali Boughazi.
"On that day, our valiant people sounded the death knell of a very long colonial era following the glorious National Liberation War, during which they made huge sacrifices," added the Head of State.
"The ceasefire, signed on 19 mars 1962, was achieved through the sacrifices of shuhada (liberation war martyrs) and mujahideen (liberation war veterans). It was also the fruit of bitter negotiations conducted by the Algerian delegation with the occupying France, to snatch the right of our people to freedom and to recover their sovereignty over their entire country," said the President of the country.
EL BAYADH- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Sunday called on Algerian people to "be vigilant" to preserve the country's achievements.
"Today, we have to be vigilant and preserve our achievements so that citizens would live freely under democracy," said President Bouteflika in a message marking the Victory Day (19 March), read on his behalf by the Adviser to the Presidency of the Republic, Mohamed Ali Boughazi.
"This democracy allows our children to pride themselves on the achievements made in a climate of peace and security," stressed the Head of State.
"Peace and security were recovered and preserved owing to the sacrifices and the maturity of the (Algerian) people, especially the units of the People's National Army, the worthy successor of the National Liberation Army, security forces, national gendarmerie and police, who are ensuring the security of the country and citizens," added President Bouteflika.
"We reiterate to them all, officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers, our gratitude and we pay tribute to the memory of the martyrs of national duty," concluded the President of the Republic.
EL BAYADH- The rapid changes worldwide require wisdom and foresight, said Sunday President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
"The strategic choices adopted to boost and develop the national economy (...) take into account the concrete situation of the country's available resources and all the realities in the world in which we live," said the Head of State in a message marking the Victory Day (19 March), read on his behalf by Adviser to the Presidency Mohamed Ali Boughazi.
The world is witnessing "regional and international tensions and rapid changes that require wisdom and foresight, not only from the elite but also from the whole society," added the President of the Republic.
"Our people have, throughout history, preserved and defended the message of loyalty and faithfulness to the nation. In the past, they showed patience and courage in the face of the ordeals, which they overcame through great sacrifices, and learned a lot from the national tragedy, making of Algeria a country of peace and security, thanks to the Almighty God, who inspired us the policy of peace and national reconciliation," said the Head of State.
He added "the State has managed to establish the rule of law and the independence of justice, and implement reforms provided for by the Constitution to protect the country and ensure its internal and external security," concluded President Bouteflika.
TUNIS – Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said on Thursday in Tunis that President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika is "in good shape."
"The president of the Republic is in good shape and sends you his greetings," Sellal said as he answered a question of a reporter following the 21st session of the Algerian-Tunisian Joint Commission.
The 21st session of the session of the Algerian-Tunisian Joint Commission co-chaired by Sellal and Youcef Chahed has been crowned by the signing of 8 agreements and Memoranda of Understanding in various fields
ALGIERS- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Wednesday praised the Algerian women's role in the country's liberation and its building.
"Algeria's women have written the most beautiful pages of our people's History and we must pay a glowing tribute to all the heroines of our resistance against the colonial invasion and our female martyrs who fell during our glorious War of Liberation," said the Head of the State in a message read on his behalf by Minister of Post and Information and Communication Technologies Iman Houda Feraoun, during a ceremony chaired by Premier Abdelmalek Sellal, on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
Moreover, President Bouteflika praised the Mujahideedate (female war veterans) "who have been among the first architects of Algeria’s freedom and an example in the post-independence battle of construction and building."
"Women have been an important partner and active player in Algeria’s rebuilding effort, following the destruction caused by colonialism, which allowed to progressively building a modern Algeria in all the sectors," he added.
"The Algerian women’s epic battle through centuries and decades implied the resolution of the State to promote them in all the fields, through the generalization of girls’ access to education and today they make up the majority in our universities.
This very effort was crowned by the strong presence of women in the sectors of education and health, and even in the key sectors of justice, security forces and People’s National Army."
The president said that "this successive progress is the fruit of a strong political determination which allowed to consolidating the Algerian women’s political representation, granting them nearly 32% of seats of the People’s National Assembly (Lower House)."
This rate "is higher than those recorded in many parliaments of developed countries," said President Bouteflika, hoping that this rate will rise in the coming legislative elections and reiterating his willingness to "enhance women’s chances to hold top positions and participate in wealth creation."
Recalling his willingness "through the last constitutional amendment to mark State commitment to achieve gender equality in the labour market," President Bouteflika welcomed that "over 10% of the private companies created in the past decade are ruled by women."
The Head of the State mentioned "the numerous achievements of women, notably in sports."
"The recognition of Algeria's results in the field of human development, especially the promotion of women’s political role by the African leaders during last year’s summit and by the Arab community during a forum held last year in Jordan is undeniably a source of pride," concluded President Bouteflika.
ALGIERS- The ultimate victory over terrorism and cross-border crime requires the mobilization and vigilance of all citizens, said Wednesday President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
"The ultimate victory over terrorism and cross-border crime requires the mobilization and the vigilance of all citizens, men and women, whom I urged, once again, to assume this preventive role to preserve their country and the lives of their children," said President Bouteflika in a message read on his behalf by Minister of Post and ICTs Imen-Houda Feraoun, during a ceremony marking the International Women's Day.
The Head of State said "hotbeds of tensions and instability in neighbouring countries, where terrorism and cross-border crime have expanded, represent a security challenge threatening our country."
"This challenge nurtures the remnants of terrorist groups who continue to threaten Algeria targeting the lives and property of our people, who have chosen reconciliation to drag themselves from the national tragedy," said President Bouteflika.
"I would like on this occasion to hail the courage and sacrifices of the People's National Army and the security forces of our country in their fight against these criminals as well as their victory in this battle," added the President of the Republic.
The Head of State also paid tribute to "the memory of the martyrs of national duty, especially those who lost their lives while they were accomplishing their noble mission."
ALGIERS- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Wednesday said that the challenges Algeria was facing today dictate the need for liberating country from hydrocarbon dependency and build a diversified economy endowed with competitive potential.
This "requires from us as people and leadership to make further efforts in view to building diversified economy endowed with competitive potential to brilliantly remain in tune with modern world and ensure continuity of long-standing social options," wrote President Bouteflika in a message read on his behalf by Minister of Post and Information and Communication Technologies Iman Houda Feraoun, during a ceremony chaired by Premier Abdelmalek Sellal, on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
Recalling the impacts of drugs and other social scourges on youth, the Head of the State urged "mothers in particular to redouble efforts to protect our children from those dangers and contribute, alongside the other members of the society to the rehabilitation of civism by turning away from violence and restoring fraternity, mutual aid and calm in the neighborhoods of the country."
"The circles of tension and instability witnessed by our neighbors where merged terror and cross-border crimes represent a security challenge which threatens our country," President Bouteflika concluded.
ALGIERS- The President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika paid tribute to the president of the National Economic and Social Council (CNES) Mohamed Seghir Babes, who died Tuesday, where he hailed his skills and his dedication to the service of the nation and its institutions.
“It is with sorrow that I learnt of the passing of Mohamed Seghir Babes, after a life committed to the service of the nation, rich in contributions and strong of proven skills,” wrote the president of the Republic in a condolences message to the family of the deceased.
“Late Babes devoted his life to accomplish to the best and with devotion his duties through all the functions and responsibilities he held giving the best examples to his companions and a whole generation of executives,” added the Head of State.
“With his death, Algeria loses a great expert and an executive devoted to the nation and its institutions,” said the President of the Republic who assured the family and relatives of the deceased of his compassion in this painful ordeal, praying God Almighty to comfort them and welcome him into his Paradise.
ALGIERS – President Abdelaziz Bouteflika sent a message of condolence to the family of late Mujaheed Abderrahman Hadj Salah who died on Sunday.
The president paid tribute to the deceased for his valuable role in the service of national activism and his work in the field of knowledge.
“I learned with sadness that the Mujaheed and researcher Abderrahmane Hadj Salah has just passed away, leaving a matchless void among his family, companions and students,” wrote the President of the Republic in his message, praying to Allah the Almighty to grant him His holy mercy and to receive him in His vast Paradise.
President Bouteflika said that the "deceased had dedicated his youth to the liberation of the country, alongside those, by their pens, endeavored to make heard Algeria voice in all the forums."
The deceased, who had singled out himself by a flawless nationalism, was known as an eminent linguistic expert and an inveterate researcher in the Arabic language, whom he considered to be the origin of all languages, said the head of the State.
The Head of State mentioned the scientific books and the critical and technical researches, which have enriched the cultural field of our country for the benefit of the rising generations and which constitute essential references for researchers in the field of linguistics.
While expressing his compassion with Abderrahmane Hadj Salah's family and companions, President Bouteflika implored Allah the Almighty to comfort them in this trial and to welcome the deceased into His vast Paradise.
DJELFA – The genuine lasting victory over the current financial crisis requires "strong and multidimensional recovery," said Friday President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
"The genuine lasting victory over the current financial crisis requires strong and multidimensional recovery with a view to putting back on the rails the national economy building process and build a diversified economy no longer dependent on hydrocarbons," said the Head of State in a message on the occasion of the double anniversary of 24 February, which marks the creation of the National Union of Algerian Workers (UGTA) and the nationalization of hydrocarbons, read on his behalf by the adviser at the Presidency of the Republic, Mohamed Ali Boughazi.
President Bouteflika added "Algerian workers, men and women, represent Algeria's shield in the face of this battle."
"You, workers, are aware that our country is being affected today by the effects of the economic crisis, which is shaking developed countries, exacerbated by the decline in oil prices and global market fluctuations," said the Head of State, recalling Algeria's initiatives, which have led to a slight increase in oil prices.
"The State has to continue and accelerate the execution of our national programmes and reforms in the different economic and administrative sectors," added the President of the Republic
President Bouteflika urged workers, men and women, to win the battle of production, productivity and competitiveness in order to ensure that our products enter foreign markets.
ALGIERS- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika sent messages of congratulations to the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) member countries leaders on the occasion of the 28th anniversary of its creation.
President Bouteflika sent messages of congratulations to King of Morocco Mohammed VI, Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi, to Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz, and Chief of Libyan National Accord Government, Fayez al-Siraj.
In those messages, President Bouteflika extended to the Maghreb leaders his warm congratulations and wishes of good health and for the region’s countries, wishes of "more progress and prosperity."
The celebration of this anniversary is "an opportunity to recall the hope of our Maghreb peoples for a joint space which is likely to meet their aspirations towards development and progress, and make the voice of our United Maghreb heard in the different regional and continental blocks," added President of the Republic.
"Truly, AMU is today urged to make more efforts With a view to achieving the objectives of Marrakech Treaty, the founding treaty of the Union," added the Head of the State.
President Bouteflika also reaffirmed "Algeria’s determination to work together with all the Maghreb peoples and leaders, to reinforce AMU place and for the unity of the Arab Nation and the African Union, and for the peace and stability in the Mediterranean region as well.”
ADDIS ABABA- The Guinean president and incumbent chairman of the African Union, Alpha Conde paid glowing tribute, Tuesday in Addis Ababa, to President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his unfailing commitment in favour of African causes.
In his closing address of the 28th AU Summit, the Guinean president underlined that Abdelaziz Bouteflika (Algeria's Foreign minister at that time) was the youngest president of the United Nations General Assembly and had greatly contributed, in his position, to the liberation of the African continent and the defence of its just causes.
In this regard, he recalled Abdelaziz Bouteflika's strong support to South Africans under the aegis of the African National Congress, in their struggle against the Apartheid regime.
ALGIERS- President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, has designated Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, to represent him at the 28th Summit of the African Union Heads of State and Government, to be held on 30-31 January in Addis-Ababa (Ethiopia), said Saturday a communiqué of the Prime Minister Offices.
The 28th AU Summit is placed this year under the theme: Harnessing Africa’s Demographic Dividend by Investing in Youth.
"Besides the other items included in the agenda, the Heads of State and Government will pick a new president for the continent organization and all the chiefs of the Statutory Committees," said the same source.
The Premier will be accompanied by Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ramtane Lamamra, and Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel, added the communiqué.
ALGIERS- President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, on Friday sent a message of condolences to the family of late Bakhti Belaib, former minister of trade, in which he paid tribute to him.
"It is with great sadness that I learned of the death of Bakhti Belaib. Unfortunately, the death has taken a loving spouse and an affectionate father who has offered his family a dignified and serene life and a privileged place within the society, protecting them from the vicissitudes of life and allowing them to have a promising and prosperous future," wrote the Head of State.
"No one among his family has expected that death would surprise them at the moment when their affection for him was at its height, and their attachment to him was stronger than ever. This is the willingness of Almighty God Who wanted to put His creatures at hard test in order to reward the believers and the patient ones," added President Bouteflika.
"The only thing that can comfort his family and alleviate their pain is that the deceased died at the height of a dedicated fight for the prosperity and progress of his country while fulfilling his professional duty with great devotion," he said.
"While extending my sincere condolences and assuring you of my deepest sympathy, I pray the Almighty God to grant the deceased his Holy mercy and welcome him in Hs vast paradise among the virtuous and sincere ones," concluded the Head of State.
ALGIERS- President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, assigned Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal to represent him at the Summit of the High Level Committee on Libya to be held Friday in Brazzaville (Republic of Congo), said Wednesday in a Prime Minister Office communiqué.
Mandated by the African Union, the High Level Committee will examine the "evolution of the Libyan question and the means likely to reach a rapid and consensual solution to this conflict," said the same source.
Besides the representatives of the Committee’s member countries, it will bring together the heads of State and Government of Libya’s neighbouring countries.
The premier will be accompanied by Minister for Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel.
ALGIERS - President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika, received on Monday on Algiers Prince Sultan bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Kabeer, who arrived in Algiers for friendship visit.In a statement to the press following this meeting, Prince Sultan bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Kabeer said he and President Bouteflika have discussed the investment opportunities offered by Algeria and hoped that the two parties define mutual investment fields.
The guest of Algeria hailed the great deeds and the heroes of the Algerian Revolution.
"Algeria is the pride of all the Arabs, not only the Algerians," he said.
Prince Sultan bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Kabeer paid tribute to Algeria he used to visit since 1978. He also praised Algeria, his second country, as "a great brother country.”
The audience was attended by Minister of State, Principal Private Secretary to President of the Republic Ahmed Ouyahia and Minister for Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel.
ALGIERS- President of Tunisian movement Ennahdha, Rached Ghannouchi on Sunday in Algiers said the principle of the "civil harmony" is the model for solving the problems of the Arab region, chiefly the Libyan crisis.
Following his meeting with President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Ghannouchi added that “the civil harmony that helped to restore peace in Algeria and Tunisia is a model to resolve the problems through dialogue. It is also the only way to solve the crises in Libya, Syria and Yemen.”
Ghannouchi recalled President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s "leading role" as he contributed to the achievement of the national harmony between the two main parties inTunisia, Nidaa Tunis and Ennahdha."
"This meeting is part of repeated meetings between the two sides with a view to strengthening relations between Algerian and Tunisia and discussing the situation in the Maghreb region in general and the reinvigoration of the Arab Maghreb Union," stressed the same official.