ALGIERS-Culture Minister Azzeddine Mihoubi called Saturday to raise cultural ties between Algeria and Turkey to the level of economic and political ones.
Speaking on the opening ceremony of a seminar on "Algerian-Turkish ties since the Ottoman era to nowadays," Mihoubi called to devote "an exceptional study and research work on this historic step", and suggested the implementation of "art works" and "the creation of specialized research centres."
In this regard, Director of National Archives Abdelmadjid Chikhi announced a conference in Turkey in late March, similar to that held in Bejaia on the Algerian-Turkish relations on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the Barberousse brothers in the Algerian coast.
Chikhi referred to the steps aims to set up a working on Algerian-Turkish archives, made of 60 to 80 researchers, during the next conference."
Historian Nasr Eddine Saidouni paid a resounding tribute to his former colleague at the University of Algiers, Algerian historian and researcher late Moulay Belkhmissi, known for his contributions to the Ottoman history in particular, and Algeria's history in particular.
The event was an opportunity to make a presentation on major Algerian archaeological sites dating back to the Ottoman era and restauration operations in archaeological sites in Algiers.
A photo-exhibition made of manuscripts on Algeria's history has been inaugurated on the sidelines of this seminar.
This meeting is held by the Turkish agency for cooperation and coordination, which contributes to the restauration of Ketchawa mosque.
The agency is specialized in the restauration of archaeological sites worldwide, particularly those dating back to the Ottoman era.