NEW DELHI- Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel, on a working visit to India held talks, on Thursday in New Delhi, with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj.
During their meeting, both officials reviewed the state of bilateral cooperation and relations between the two countries in various fields, in the light of the objectives set out in the Strategic Partnership Declaration signed between the two countries in 2001, on the occasion of the visit of the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, to India as well as conducted a follow-up of the results of the visit, in October 2016 in Algeria, of the Vice-President of the Republic of ‘India”.
In this context, the two Ministers expressed “their satisfaction with the relations maintained between the two countries, renewing the commitment of the two Governments to further boost and diversify them to include new areas, such as; training, tourism, investment and agriculture and give them new impetus and substance.
Besides, both Ministers highlighted the need to renew the bilateral cooperation framework, granting more importance to the relations between the Algerian and Indian communities as well as business world in order to develop economic cooperation, trade, and investment between the two countries “.
In the same aspect, both Diplomats underlined that the next session of the Joint Algerian-Indian Commission to be held soon in New Delhi, should yield concrete results.
Messahel and Swaraj, also, exchanged views on regional and international issues of common interests, including the situation in their respective regions, the fight against terrorism, violent extremism, organized crime, illegal migration, as well as climate change.
In this vein, the head of Algerian diplomacy recalled the positions of Algeria on the conflicts in the region; in terms of promoting peaceful and political solutions that respect the will of the people and far from any foreign interference. ”
He also reiterated Algeria’s commitment to the fight against terrorism and violent extremism as he shared the Algerian experience of national reconciliation.
At the end of the talks, the two ministers signed bilateral agreements that strengthen the legal framework for cooperation between the two countries; Cultural Exchange Program and Visa Waiver Agreement for Diplomatic and Official Passport holders were signed.
The two ministers agreed to continue “the tradition of consultation between the two countries on all bilateral issues and matters of common interest”.
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