ALGIERS- The President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, held, Sunday, in the Qatari capital, Doha, as part of his two-day state visit to Qatar, at the invitation of its Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, a meeting with representatives of the national community in Qatar.
This meeting is part of the commitment of the President of the Republic to listen to the concerns of the national community settled abroad.
During this meeting with the national community, which took place in a “friendly” atmosphere, President Tebboune listened to the concerns and proposals of the various speakers and answered their questions concerning political and socio-economic issues relating to the country as well as ways to promote Algerian-Qatari relations.
Relations between the two countries offer “promising prospects” in several sectors, such as agriculture, the building of cities, basic infrastructure, and railways, he underlined, noting the discussions which aim to develop the national railway network and extend it to Tamanrasset, Adrar and even outside the country, like Niger.
The President of the Republic stressed that these projects are implemented in parallel with the project to extend the port of Djendjen in Jijel, making it a “port of Africa”, by connecting it to the rail network which will extend to Africa.
In terms of transport, President Tebboune unveiled the project to open an Algiers-Doha maritime line for the transport of goods and passengers, stressing that this project will be carried out before the end of 2022.
Regarding national political issues, President Tebboune underlined that “the blessed Hirak saved the country and allowed the holding of transparent and fair elections and the building of new institutions of the country with the participation of all its children”, insisting on “the opening of future prospects for young people and the forthcoming installation of the Higher Youth Council, as part of his commitments to pass on the torch to young people”.
On the economic level, the President of the Republic affirmed that Algeria was the only country in the region without external debt, specifying that “from 4.8 million dollars in 2021, non-hydrocarbon exports will reach 7 billion dollars next year, with the ambition of reaching 15 billion dollars in the years to come, to free ourselves from the dependence on hydrocarbons”.
Concerning the national community abroad, the President of the Republic called for “coordination and synergy” among the Algerians settled in Qatar and in other countries , underlining that the community abroad is a “force of ‘innovation’ at the service of the motherland.
The meeting took place in the presence of the members of the delegation accompanying the President of the Republic on his State visit to Qatar, the Algerian Ambassador to Qatar, executives and personalities from the media and sport settled in Qatar.
President Tebboune is accompanied in his State visit to Qatar by a ministerial delegation made up of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad, the Minister of Justice, Keeper of the Seals, the Minister of Energy and Mines, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the Minister of Housing, Town Planning and the City and the Minister of National Solidarity, Family and Women’s Issues.
Algeria and Qatar inked, Sunday, in Doha, many memoranda of understanding (MoUs) and agreements on cooperation as part of President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s two-day state visit to Qatar.
The signing ceremony took place at the Emir’s Palace, under the supervision of President Tebboune and the Emir of the State of Qatar.
The first agreement on the establishment of political consultation and coordination among the foreign ministers of the two countries was signed by the minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra, and Qatar’s deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdurrahman Al- Thani.
The second agreement, on legal and judicial cooperation in criminal matters between the two governments, was signed by Minister of Justice, Keeper of Seals, Abderrachid Tabi and Qatar’s Attorney General Bin Saad Al Nuaimi.
The minister of National Solidarity, Family and Women’s Affairs, Kaouter Krikou, and Qatar’s minister of Social Development and Family, Mariam bint Al-Misnad, signed an agreement in the field of social development and family.
In the teaching field, the minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Abdelbaki Benziane, and Qatar’s minister of Education and Higher Education, Buthaina bint Ali Al Jabr Al-Nuaimi, signed the second executive programme on higher education and Scientific and technological Research, under the agreement on educational and scientific cooperation between the governments of the two countries for the school years 2022-2025.
The president of the Republic and the delegation accompanying him were received by the Emir of Qatar in his office. The two leaders listened to the national anthems of the two countries and inspected a detachment of the princely guard of Qatar that received them with honours.
The officials of the two countries held discussions before the president of the Republic and the Emir of Qatar held one-on-one talks.
The state visit of President Tebboune to Qatar constitutes an opportunity to further propel the fraternal relations between the two countries, deepen the bilateral cooperation and continue the coordination and consultation on Arab and regional issues of common interest.
This two-day visit, which comes at the invitation of Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, is “part of the strengthening of the fraternal relations between the two brotherly peoples and the promotion of the bilateral cooperation, in line with the strong and age-old relations between the two peoples and the leaders of the two countries,” the Presidency of the Republic said in a statement.
President of Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune will also participate in the 6th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) that will be held in Doha.
President Tebboune and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani met in February 2020, as part of an official visit paid by Sheikh Tamim to Algeria.
During this visit, the two sides welcomed the “positive” development of relations between the two countries and agreed to “broaden the fields of cooperation, so as to exploit the two countries’ capacities.”
The Algerian-Qatari relations are experiencing a momentum reflected in the exchange of visits between the officials of the two countries. The last visit is that paid in mid-January to Qatar by Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad Ramtane Lamamra, in his capacity as personal envoy of President of the Republic.
During this visit, Lamamra was received, in Doha, by Emir of Qatar who was handed a message from President Tebboune.
During this meeting, The two sides broached the bilateral relations as well as the promising prospects for the development of the bilateral cooperation, notably in trade, economy and investment, in accordance with the instructions of the two countries’ leaders, considering their concern to consolidate the ties of solidarity and cooperation and to strengthen the joint action and coordination, in the service of the issues affecting the Arab nation, notably the Palestinian cause.
In this regard, the two sides pointed out the importance of promoting the joint Arab action as part of the preparations for the next important events, notably the Arab Summit that will be held this year in Algeria, as well as the necessity of seizing this opportunity to make a qualitative leap able to make the joint Arab action more efficient and more credible and to strengthen its mechanisms for the settlement of the crises and conflicts in the Arab region.
In addition to politics and diplomacy, Algeria and Qatar agreed to make a qualitative leap in the economic and commercial cooperation, as it was decided during the first meeting of the Algerian-Qatari Joint Business Council, held in April by video conference.
During this Council, Minister of Trade Kamel Rezig and Qatari Minister of Trade and Industry Ali Ahmed Al Kuwari agreed to “boost the economic and commercial cooperation between the two countries by encouraging the partnership and investment.”
Rezig affirmed that this meeting “will enable establishing new partnerships between the two countries and will open broad prospects for the revival of projects of common interest to meet the needs and aspirations of the two countries’ economic operators.”
For his part, Al Kuwari called to encourage investments between Algeria and Qatar and to expand partnerships in key sectors like industry, trade, food industries, manufacturing industries, tourism, services, renewable Energy and others.