Algiers/(SPS) – The solution to the conflict in Western Sahara should take “due account of the rights of the Sahrawi people,” said Italian President Sergio Mattarella, expressing the wish of a resumption of direct negotiations between both sides to the conflict with a view to reaching a “fair and long-lasting” solution to the issue.
“We are following the issue of Western Sahara very closely. We have always supported with conviction the role played by the United Nations and, with regard to this, we have learnt with satisfaction the appointment of Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan De Mistura as personal envoy of the United Nations Secretary General,” underlined the Italian President in an interview granted to the Algerian national paper El Moudjahid, published on Saturday.
Mattarella, who started a two-day State visit to Algeria, expressed the wish that “De Mistura’s commitment “could contribute, despite the current tense situation, to a resumption of direct negotiations between the parties (to the conflict, Morocco and Polisario Front) to reach a fair and long-lasting solution to the issue, which takes due account of the Sahrawi people’s rights.”
In this respect, President Mattarella underlined that Italy supports “the role of Algeria and its commitment to the United Nations framework on Western Sahara.”
The Italian president is on a two-day state visit to Algeria, at the head of an important delegation.
The Italian President was received, at Houari Boumediene International Airport, by the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune.
The guest of Algeria was also received by the Speaker of the Council of the Nation, Salah Goudjil, the Speaker of the People’s National Assembly, Brahim Boughali, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Finance, Aïmene Benabderrahmane, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra and the Chief of Staff of the People’s National Army, Lieutenant-General Saïd Chanegriha.
President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune held, Saturday in Algiers, a one-on-one meeting with his Italian counterpart, Sergio Mattarella, on a two-day State visit to Algeria.
These discussions were later extended to the delegations of the countries.
At the end of the talks that took place at the headquarters of the Presidency of the Republic, three agreements were signed by the two sides, relating to education, justice and heritage protection sectors.
In this vein, President Tebboune underlined a convergence of views between Algeria and Italy on all the issues of common interest, affirming that the relations between the two countries are “strong” and will be “strengthened in the very near future.”
“We have agreed on everything,” President of the Republic told the press following a meeting with his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella, on a State visit to Algeria.
Holding a joint press briefing with Mattarela, President Tebboune affirmed that the relations between the two countries are “strong and will be strengthened in the very near future.”
On this occasion, he noted a convergence of views between Algeria and Italy in the economic cooperation, notably in the field of small and medium-sized enterprises.
In this respect, President Tebboune said he is “optimistic” that the next Algerian-Italian High Committee meeting will culminate in “positive results that could be applied on the ground.”
Concerning the strengthening of the Algerian industry, notably that related to the small and medium-sized enterprises, he pointed out that two deputy ministers have already gone to Italy, namely those of small-scale industry and of startups.
President Tebboune hailed the strong friendship relations between the two countries, pointing out that these relations are “very long-standing” and had strengthened during the national liberation war, without forgetting the aid Italy provided to Algeria during the black decade, “one of the rare countries that supported us” at that time, he said.
President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune said he broached with his Italian counterpart regional and international issues of common interest, pointing out a convergence of views notably on the Libyan issue.
The Presidency of the Republic announced, Friday, that the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, will be on a state visit to Algeria on 6-7 November, leading a large delegation.»
According to the same source, this visit falls within the framework of “strengthening the partnership and the close cooperation between the two friendly countries, and opening new horizons for the benefit of the two peoples.”