Algeria and South Africa expressed, Monday in Algiers, their “satisfaction” with the quality and depth of their bilateral cooperation “which continues to show a growing dynamism,” said a joint statement released following the working visit to Algeria by the South African Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Ms. Lindiwe Sisulu, at the invitation of her Algerian counterpart, Abdelkader Messahel.
On this occasion, the two ministers stressed the importance of the joint Algerian-South African commission as a bilateral mechanism capable of strengthening cooperation and partnership between the two countries, noting that the meetings of this commission “allow to evaluate progress and identify new opportunities for cooperation in various fields. ”
Mr. Messahel and Ms. Sisulu emphasized, in this regard, the need for a “special focus” on economic cooperation through trade and investment initiatives between public enterprises and public-private partnerships.
The two ministers also agreed to strengthen the institutional framework for cooperation by launching a strategic dialogue between Algeria and South Africa, the first session of which will be held at a mutually agreed date and venue.
On terrorism, Algeria and South Africa have “utterly condemned” all forms of terrorism and extremism and reaffirmed the “need to strengthen international cooperation against international crimes”.
In addition, the two ministers highlighted the “central role” of the African Union (AU) in resolving crises and conflicts on the continent, welcoming the convergence of their positions on conflict management and resolution in Africa, especially by promoting dialogue and peaceful solutions.
They, also, called for the implementation of AU Agenda 2063 and its plan of action, as well as the urgent need to continue the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In addition, both parties agreed to work towards the revitalization and democratization of international institutions “to advance peace, security and development”, reiterating their call for the reform of the global human rights governance.
In this regard, Mr. Messahel reiterated Algeria’s congratulations to South Africa, which sits on the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member for the period 2019-2020.
Referring to the question of Western Sahara, Algeria and South Africa reaffirmed their position on this issue, namely the exercise of the Saharawi people’s right to self-determination and the decolonization of Western Sahara.
Mr. Messahel and Ms. Sisulu expressed the support of their countries to the efforts of the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Horst Kohler, to bring both parties to the conflict (Morocco and the Polisario Front) to pursue negotiations in good faith and without preconditions.
Earlier, a roadmap of action aiming at strengthening bilateral partnership in the economic field and political consultations and coordination between Algeria and South Africa on issues of common interest especially within the African Union was inked, on Monday, in Algiers.
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