ALGIERS- The state of Algerian-Iranian relations and the prospects for their enhancement was at the heart of a meeting held, on Sunday in Algiers, between the chairman of the Commission for Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and the Community at the People’s National Assembly, Mohamed Hani, and officials from Iran’s Foreign Ministry, the Lower House of Parliament said in a statement.
In this regard, officials at the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Haciniane Mir and Mr. Ali Gamchi, respectively Director General (DG) of the Middle East Department and Director of the North Africa Department, “expressed their country’s determination to further propel excellent parliamentary relations, especially after the installation of the friendship group”, affirming Iran’s commitment to “promote bilateral cooperation in trade and economic fields”.
The officials also highlighted “the importance of bilateral coordination” during the various international forums “in favor of the Palestinian cause”, as well as Iran’s “support” for the organization of a referendum guaranteeing the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination, while welcoming the “success of Algerian diplomacy in suspending the observer status of the Zionist entity in the AU”.
Referring to the economic aspect, Mr. Hani affirmed, for his part, the determination of the President of the Republic to make the year 2022 “an economic year par excellence”, indicating that Algeria “is determined to further deepen cooperation with Iran by establishing win-win strategic partnerships”.
The President of the Commission also reviewed Algeria’s unwavering positions in favor of just causes, at the head of which are the Palestinian and Sahrawi causes, recalling our country’s attachment to the principle of non-interference in internal affairs of states, the statement concluded.
It is worth mentioning that Algeria-Iran parliamentary friendship group was set up, last Tuesday, at the headquarters of the People’s National Assembly (APN), with the aim of “consolidating parliamentary ties and building bridges of communication and cooperation between the two sisterly countries.”
The Vice-Speaker of the APN in charge of missions relating to external activities, Moundir Bouden chaired the official installation ceremony, in the presence of the Iranian Ambassador in Algiers, Mr. Hossein Mashalchizadeh , the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad, Abed Zahira.
The group is chaired by MP Moussa Kherfi from the Movement for Society and Peace (MSP) party.
In a speech delivered on the occasion, Mr. Bouden affirmed that the installation of this group was intended to be “an institutional framework allowing the two legislative chambers, in the future, to maintain a regular and constructive dialogue and to take initiatives capable of consolidating the links between the two Parliaments”.
The establishment of this friendship group, added the communiqué from the Lower House of Parliament, reflected “the APN’s determination to promote bilateral ties with Iranian advisory council given their distinguished legislative relations framed by the framework cooperation protocol signed in 2006.”
“The ties of friendship between Algeria and the Islamic Republic of Iran are based on mutual respect and trust, convergence of views, common will to ensure the prosperity of the two peoples and joint action for the establishment of a just world order within the framework of respect for the sovereignty of States and the dignity of peoples”, he continued.
“Algeria, through its foreign policy, strives to uphold respect for the principle of the sovereignty and dignity of peoples, non-interference in states’ internal affairs, accompany brothers and friends in the process of dialogue and reconciliation, put an end to hotbeds of tension, resolve conflicts if any, establish peace and defend just causes worldwide, including the just Palestinian cause which is a common denominator between us and the Islamic Republic of Iran”, he concluded.
For his part, the Iranian diplomat said that the installation of this parliamentary group constituted “another strong tool to develop and expand bilateral cooperation relations, dubbing this latter as “historic”.
He observed “convergence of views between the two countries on just causes, including the Palestinian one”, while expressing his country’s “disposition” to “intensify all-out bilateral cooperation.
In this vein, the Iranian ambassador sent an invitation to the Chairman of the parliamentary group and its members to pay a visit to the Iranian Parliament in order to “hold bilateral meetings and develop a roadmap for parliamentary cooperation between the two countries”.
For her part, Mrs. Abed touched on “the historical relations linking the two countries”, noting “the existence of draft agreements under negotiation with a view to further deepening and broadening cooperation in the economic field”.
As for Mr. Kharfi, he expressed the parliamentary group’s “disposition” to “strengthen the rapprochement between the Algerian and Iranian peoples and to consolidate the bridges of parliamentary cooperation through the exchange of expertise between parliamentary delegations”.
Iran and Algeria enjoy constructive relations with bilateral cooperation further increasing. Iranian President Sayyid Ebrahim Raisolsadati expressed Iran’s determination to remove all obstacles to developing economic ties between Iran and Algeria, considering no limit for all-around cooperation between the sisterly countries in the best interests of the two brotherly peoples.
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.