60th anniversary of Algeria’s independence: President Tebboune, Iranian counterpart Raissi pay heed to expansion of ties


ALGIERS- Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi sent a congratulatory cable to his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune, in which he extended his warmest greetings to him on the 60th anniversary of the Independence Day, praying to Allah Almighty to bestow health, felicity and success upon the Algerian president and steady prosperity and well-being on the brotherly and friendly Algerian government and nation.

Iranian President voiced hope that Tehran-Algiers relations would witness further expansion at the bilateral, regional and international levels considering the history of their ties and the potential capacities for cooperation.

“The establishment of relations between the two countries in the very first days of Algeria’s independence is indicative of wisdom and willingness of the leaders of both countries and the existence of historical, religious, cultural and political common grounds,” President Rayeesi said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Iran’s First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber sent a congratulatory message to the Prime Minister of Algeria Aymen Benabderrahmane on the occasion of Algeria’s Independence Day.

“I sincerely congratulate you and the brotherly people of Algeria on the 60th anniversary of your country’s independence,” Mokhber wrote.

“I hope that the friendly and brotherly relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria will expand further in all fields, in order to realize the lofty ideals of the two sisterly countries, based on the interests of the two nations,” he added.

For his part, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian sent a cable of congratulations to his Algerian counterpart Ramtane Lamamra. In his cable, Mr. Abdollahian expressed his sincere and warmest congratulations, wishing the Government and people of Algeria steady progress and prosperity.

On different occasions, the two countries’ leaders have expressed their determination for the promotion of cooperation between Iran and Algeria in various fields considering the two countries’ history and ample capacities.

In a relevant development in September 2021, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in a meeting with his Algerian counterpart Ramtane Lamamra, in New York, underlined the need to follow up on the implementation of mutual agreements.

In February 2022, officials from Iran’s Foreign Ministry paid a visit to Algeria, during which the state of Algerian-Iranian relations and the prospects for their enhancement were touched on.

Do note that Algeria-Iran parliamentary friendship group was set up, earlier this year, 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 group is chaired by MP Moussa Kherfi from the Movement for Society and Peace (MSP) party.

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.


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