Algeria-Namibia Parliamentary Friendship Group set up in Algiers

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ALGIERS)- Algeria-Namibia Parliamentary Friendship Group was set up Thursday at the People’s National Assembly (lower house of Parliament), to give a fresh impetus to the historical relations between the two countries.

The APN Vice-Speaker Youcef Adjissa supervised the installation ceremony in the presence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Namibia to Algeria, Panduleni-Kaino Shigenge and the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad, Deputy Director at the Ministry’s Directorate General for Africa, Lina Ahmim.

In his speech, the vice-Speaker of the APN affirmed that this parliamentary friendship group, “constitutes a perfect framework to support consultation and strengthen the ways and means of cooperation between the two legislative institutions” and “to establish frameworks for dialogue and communication between Algerian parliamentarians and their counterparts in the Republic of Namibia”.

He recalled, in this regard, the relations between the two countries which he dubbed as, “excellent, based on the support given by Algeria to this country, during its struggle for national liberation”.

Mr. Adjissa also considered that this parliamentary friendship group, “will allow more rapprochement, in the best interests of the two sisterly countries” and will contribute to “concretize more exchange of experiences and expertise in order to support bilateral relations “.

For her part, the Ambassador of the Republic of Namibia in Algeria, considered the installation of this parliamentary group, as “an important step”, in order to develop and relaunch relations between the two legislative institutions, and a space suitable for the concretization of the views, recalling, on the occasion, the depth of the historical relations which bind Algeria and Namibia.

The Namibian diplomat also referred to “the convergence of views and positions on several issues, including issues related to international peace and security as well as those relating to the self-determination of many colonized peoples in Africa and worldwide, particularly the Sahrawi and Palestinian peoples”.

For his part, the president of the Algeria-Namibia parliamentary friendship group, Youcef Bouguefda hailed the “excellent” relations established between the two countries, recalling their regular bilateral consultations on regional and international issues.

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