Algeria-Iran: Possibilities of developing cooperation in renewable energy sector, benefiting from Iranian expertise, examined

ALGIERS - The Minister of Energy Transition and Renewable Energies, Ziane Benattou received, on Tuesday, at the headquarters of his ministrial department, the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hossein Mashalchizadeh, with whom he discussed the possibilities of developing joint energy programs and projects.

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Algeria-Iran: Possibilities of developing cooperation in renewable energy sector, benefiting from Iranian expertise examined

ALGIERS – The Minister of Energy Transition and Renewable Energies, Ziane Benattou received, on Tuesday, at the headquarters of his ministrial department, the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hossein Mashalchizadeh, with whom he discussed the possibilities of developing joint energy programs and projects.

According to a press release from the ministry, the meeting was an opportunity for the two parties to discuss the quality of the bilateral relationship between Algeria and Iran and to emphasize the possibilities of developing programs and projects in this field.

In this sense, Mr. Benattou outlined “Algeria’s strategy in the field of renewable energies and energy efficiency, citing as such the most important projects included in the roadmap of the sector”, specified the same source.

The minister, also, indicated “the importance given to qualifying training and, in particular, to the quality control of components used in the production of renewable energies”.

To this end, the support of the Iranian side has been requested for the establishment of dedicated laboratories, the statement added.

For his part, the Iranian Ambassador expressed his country’s willingness to support Algeria for the success of its ambitious energy transition program, through concrete cooperation projects.

In this regard, the Iranian Ambassador mentioned, as a first step, the construction of a solar panel production unit to international standards, the development of mobile hybrid power plants for isolated areas and the sharing of Iranian experience in the field of conversion of heat engines into electric motors (retrofit), the same source pointed out.

Iran and Algeria enjoy constructive relations with bilateral cooperation further increasing. Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad expressed, in 2007, Iran’s determination to remove all obstacles to developing economic ties between Iran and Algeria.

Iran and Algeria hold regular talks on bilateral, regional and international issues. Regular meetings between the two foreign ministries’ officials, high-ranked delegations within the framework of relations and regular consultations are taking place. Their brotherly relations are deeply rooted and go back to the 1960s. Soon after Algeria’s independence from France in 1962, Iran was among the first countries to recognize it as an independent nation, opening the Iranian embassy in autumn of 1964, in Algiers.

Following the victory of 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, bilateral ties between the two nations developed and the two countries intensified meetings and exchanges culminating in the adoption of similar stances on an array of international issues, particularly the problems faced by the World of Islam, like the ones in Palestine and Syria. Algeria is one of countries which have independent positions close to those of Iran on many issues, including in terms of its political literature.

Noting that an accord was inked between Iran and the USA due to the mediation of Algeria during the US embassy takeover in Tehran. Algiers Accord became another cause for better ties between Iran and Algeria. However, both counties’ relations experienced some ups and downs. Yet, in the wake of the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000, Tehran and Algiers resumed diplomatic relations and since then these relations keep flourishing, maintaining common approaches to regional and international issues. Algeria opposed the Arab League members on giving the Syrian seat in the League to the Syrian opposition, and Algiers resisted taking any kind of military action in Syria, and as for Hezbollah and Hamas, Algeria objected putting their names on the terrorist group list in the Arab League.

Since the very beginning of the nuclear talks and even before the conclusion of the JCPOA, Algeria was positive about Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities and constantly and explicitly defended Iran’s right in international bodies. Following the implementation of the nuclear deal finalized by Iran and six world powers in July 2015, known as the JCPOA, Algeria considered the deal as an important stage in the process of the settlement of the tension and crisis situations, in a view to preserving international peace and security, and development in the benefit of all the peoples.

Algiers had, in 2015, received the first vice president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Eshaq Jahangiri, just after expressing refusal to join the Saudi coalition. The beginning of a deeper cooperation between the two countries is, therefore, also a clear message sent to Riyadh: Algiers wants to diversify its cooperation with Iran, avoiding getting into a diplomatic game that would be dictated by the Americans. Iran’s Hassan Rouhani said the two countries have always backed each other in difficult times and today, whereas the Algerian side stressed that Tehran-Algiers relations would witness further expansion in all domains during the new Algerian administration’s tenure.

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