ALGIERS- Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal held discussions Wednesday, in Algiers, with his French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve, who started a two-day working visit to Algeria, which is part of the regular consultations between the two countries
The meeting was then extended to members of both delegations.
The meeting was attended by the Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and international Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra, the Minister of Industry and Mining Abdesselam Bouchouareb, the Minister of Interior and Local Authorities Noureddine Bédoui, the Minister of Energy and the Minister of Religious Affairs and Wakfs Mohamed Aissa.
On this occasion, Sellal and Cazeneuve examined the bilateral cooperation which witnessed significant progress in various socio-economic fields, as well as the means and ways likely to further strengthen it. They also exchange views on regional and international issues of common interest.
It is the third visit of a French prime minister to Algeria, under President François Holland’s mandate.
These visits allowed the High Level Intergovernmental Committee, set up by the two presidents, Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his French counterpart Francois Holland, to develop and improve relations between the two countries.
The French Prime Minister said, upon his arrival at Houari Boumediene airport, that “The French-Algerian relations have never been as strong and trusting as during this ending five-year term and it is for me, on behalf of the president of the Republic and the French government, a way to show our country’s attachment to this extremely fruitful friendly relationship.”
ALGIERS- the president of the Algerian-French Parliamentary Friendship Group of the French Senate Alain Nerihighlighted Monday, in Algiers, the need to strengthen the presence of Algerian and French cultures in both countries.
In a statement to the press at the end of a meeting with the minister of Culture Azzedine Mihoubi at the headquarters of the ministry, Alain Neri said that “this meeting will allow us to work together to strengthen the presence of Algerian and French cultures in both countries.”
After highlighting the importance of culture in the strengthening and deepening of relations between the two peoples, the French parliamentary said that his group’s role today is to defend, more than ever, culture and freedom of expression, particularly in this situation marked by the rise of the extreme right-wing though in France, adding that culture has always been the first victim of the enemies of freedom.”
He underlined the need to spread Algerian culture in the world and particularly in France, while noting the support of the Algeria-France Parliamentary Friendship group to this goal.
For his part, the minister of Culture Azzedine Mihoubi said that the meeting was fruitful for the two parties and allowed reviewing many aspects of the Algerian-French cultural relations.
ALGIERS- The relations between Algeria and France in the field of vocational training and education were reviewed Monday, in Algiers, in an audience granted by the minister of the sector, Mohamed Mebarki to a delegation of the France-Algeria friendship group of the French Senate.
The meetings between the minister of Vocational Training and Education and a delegation of the Algeria-France Friendship group, led by Senator Alain Neri, on a visit to Algerian from 11 to 17 March 2017, focused on the state of relations between the two countries in the sector of vocational training and education.
The two parties highlighted “the importance of training for jobs in the process of supporting activities in the sector of productive and foreign investment in Algeria, particularly French” said the ministry in a statement.
During this meeting, Mebarki presented the characteristics of the Algerian system of vocational training and education at the double qualitative and quantitative level, highlighting the main axes of its five-year action plan, while underlining the directivethat was given “to favour training approaches that involve enterprises in the educational action to favour the employability of trainees.”
For his part, the president of the Algerian-French Parliamentary Friendship Group of the French Senate recalled that his mission in Algeria aims at “strengthening friendship ties between the two countries and to raise technical cooperation at the level of the excellence of the political relations.”
ALGIERS- The Speaker of the People’s National Assembly (Lower House of Parliament) Mohamed Larbi Ould Khelifa said Monday, that Algeria and France have “excellent” relations based on dialogue and cooperation, calling for more coordination particularly in what relates to the region’s security and stability,” said the Lower House in a communiqué.
During an audience he granted to the president of the Algerian-French Parliamentary Friendship Group of the French Senate Alain Neriand the delegation accompanying him, Ould Khelifa reiterated “the concern of Algeria, which suffered from the torments of terrorism during a whole decade, to resolve conflicts peacefully, through dialogue between the parties to the conflict, in accordance with its unchanging principle relating to the non-interference in the countries’ internal affairs as it is the case for the efforts made in Libya and Mali.”
Contemporary history “showed the merit of this position so long as foreign interferences have always generated unfortunate consequences,” he added.
The Speaker of the Lower House underlined “the need to strengthen cooperation between the two countries at the parliamentary level,” hailing the “positive results made through the High Parliamentary commission.”
For his part, Neri said that his visit to Algeria aims at “reviewing the serious opportunities for the training of Algerian youth, particularly in the fields of education and professional training, expressing his admiration regarding the significant rate of educated youth, all grades included.”
He also hailed Algeria’s key role “in the settlement of crises and the spreading of peace, security and stability particularly in Mali and Libya,” stressing the “results of the Malian dialogue proposed by Algeria.”
ALGIERS- Algeria and France “have a constantly renewed trust and have an active commitment to move forward, hand in hand,” said Wednesday, in Algiers, the French minister of Town and Country Planning, Rural Affairs and Local Government, Jean-Michel Baylet.
“France and Algeria have a constantly renewed trust and have an active commitment to move forward, hand in hand,” he said in a press briefing, jointly hosted with the minister of Interior and Local Authorities, Noureddine Bedoui, on the occasion of the 3rd Algerian-French meeting of mayors and officials of territorial authorities.
He said that there is a willingness to see “both countries’ authorities cooperating, thus participating in the excellence of relations between France and Algeria, strengthening friendship and brotherhood ties between our two people, bearing cultural projects, but also renovation, modernization and rehabilitation projects.”
Baylet said that “thanks to this common will of the Algerian and French presidents, we are going through an exceptional phase of the French-Algerian relations,” underlining that “never has the cooperation reached such a level of strength and quality.”
“We have noticed a common desire to work together, in particular between the French and Algerian regions, to cooperate on tax topics,” he said, adding that “our exchanges are bilateral because we need your knowhow, your traditions and your culture.”
Broaching his meetings with Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, Baylet said that “we shared both the Algerian and French Presidents’ willingness to further strengthen the already very close ties between France and Algeria and to enhance bilateral cooperation between our two countries.”
ALGIERS- Algeria and France are working side by side in a “higher quality” partnership in the fight against terrorism, said French Prime Minister Manuel Valls in an interview with El Watan daily’s edition published Saturday.
Algeria and France know very well that against this common enemy that is terrorism, “there must be a close cooperation in intelligence, but also a military one,” said Valls
Expressing his country’s willingness to further “strengthen” this cooperation, he said that in the fight against radicalization, “Algeria’s experience and expertise, having paid a high price during the dark decade, are precious.”
Valls, expected Saturday in Algiers for a two-day visit to Algeria to chair, along with Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, the 3rd High-level intergovernmental Committee said, in this regard, that the French-Algerian relations made “significant progress” since Francois Hollande’s State visit in December 2012.
He was pleased that Algeria and France “have an exceptional partnership” in various fields such as political, economic, cultural and human exchanges.
He noted that the 3rd High-level intergovernmental Committee will be an opportunity for the two countries to establish “new economic partnerships, stakeholders’ agreements, agreements on long term projects that generate activities and jobs.”
ORAN- “Algeria is a key partner for France,” said Sunday the mayor of Bordeaux Alain Juppé, at the end of the first day of his visit to Oran.
“For me, Algeria is a key partner for France,” said Juppé, in a speech to the representatives of the French community in Oran. The Mayor of Bordeaux is on a two-day visit to Oran then to Algiers.
“Tomorrow, Monday, I will be in Algiers where I will meet with the State’s highest authorities (...) and I will tell them again that for me Algeria is a key partner for France,” he said.
“We must fight together against a danger that you have unfortunately known in this terrible decade of the 1990s, which is terrorism,” added Juppé while underlining that “the particular relations between the two countries allow looking to the future with more optimism and confidence.”
Juppé expressed his pleasure to “see that the French companies are setting up in Algeria,” citing in this regard the car manufacturer Renault whose plant is in Oued Tlelat (Oran). “There are still others and that creates very special relations,” he added.
Juppé also said he is “pleased to return to Oran as part of this city’s twinning with Bordeax.” This twinning whose signing goes back to 2003 was dubbed “very active and very important.”
ALGIERS- The visit paid Monday to Algiers by the French president François Hollande allowed the two heads of State to “assess the progress and the achievements and to give a renewed impetus to the work of renewing and developing the Algerian-French relations,” said Tuesday Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra.
“The friendship and working visit, paid to Algiers by French President François Hollande came opportunely, two and a half years after the launch in December 2012 in Algiers, of the construction sites of an exceptional partnership between Algeria and France to allow the two heads of State to evaluate the progress and the achievements and to give a renewed impetus to the work of renewing and developing the Algerian-French relations,” Lamamra told APS in a statement.
“This friendship and working visit was intended, prepared and carried out not only as a crowning of an important qualitative step in which the bases of an exceptional partnership were methodically laid, but also as a starting point of a new, as important, consolidation, diversification and expansion of cooperation around ever bigger ambitions, with balanced interests and an optimal development of comparative advantages and complementarities,” he said.
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika “held with his French counterpart, dense and broad discussions that opened new prospects to the exceptional partnership between Algeria and France.”
The two heads of State “were able to evaluate that the control instruments that are the inter-governmental High Level Committee (CIHN), co-chaired by the Prime Ministers of both countries, and the French-Algerian joint Economic Committee (COMEFA) function well.”