Algeria’s Parliament Speaker, Malaysia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs voice on bilateral cooperation, Palestinian, Saharawi causes

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ALGIERS- The Speaker of People’s National Assembly (APN) Brahim Boughali received, Sunday, Malaysia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Kamarudin Jafar and his accompanying delegation, a statement from the APN said .

Mr. Boughali said at the outset of these talks, which took place at the headquarters of the Lower House of Parliament, that Algerian-Malaysian relations are “deep and founded on mutual respect”, admitting that the strong historical relations which unite the two sisterly countries should live up to the aspirations of the two peoples given the great capacities they possess, likely to contribute to the development of win-win cooperation.

Addressing “what Algeria has achieved under the leadership of the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, after the completion of institutional construction and the orientation towards the revival of economic sphere, through the improvement of the business climate and increasing the attractiveness of the Algerian market”, Mr. Boughali expressed the wish to “see Malaysian investors contribute with their experiences in the fields of the timber industry, higher education, banking and telecommunications”.

After welcoming “the coordination between Algeria and Malaysia in the various international bodies”, the Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament highlighted “the need to coordinate positions between the two countries, particularly in the fight against terrorism, illegal immigration and climate change”.

In addition, Mr. Boughali welcomed the convergence of views on a range of regional and international issues, reiterating, in this vein, the positions of Algeria in favor the legitimate rights of the Palestinian and Saharawi peoples.

In turn, the Malaysian Deputy Foreign Minister hailed “the solid relations that bind the two countries”, adding that his country “follows with relief what Algeria is accomplishing as achievements”.

The Malaysian Deputy Minister reaffirmed his country’s willingness to “further deepen its economic cooperation with Algeria, particularly in the fields of higher education, tourism and agriculture”, expressing his optimism about achieving “positive results in these areas”. On this occasion, the Malaysian official welcomed Algeria’s efforts to unify Palestinian factions.

As for Western Sahara cause, the Malaysian diplomat said his country “supports the holding of a self-determination referendum in the region, in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions and its doctrine on decolonization,” concluded the press release.

Earlier, the Malaysian Deputy Foreign Minister was received by Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra.

“On this occasion, the two officials reviewed the state of bilateral cooperation and the prospects for injecting new momentum into the historic relations between Algeria and Malaysia,” the statement read.

“They stressed the need to enrich the legal framework of cooperation between the two countries and to reactivate the mechanisms of the bilateral partnership, including, in particular, the Algerian-Malaysian Joint Commission under the co-presidency of the heads of diplomacy of the two countries” , added the same source.

During talks between the two parties, “it was also agreed to encourage the creation of an Algerian-Malaysian business council”.

“Furthermore, while welcoming the regular coordination between the two countries within the framework of their common membership groups, such as; the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the two parties exchanged views and analyzes on a number of regional and international issues of common concern,” the statement concluded.

In a statement to the press at the end of the meeting granted to him by Mr. Lamamra, the Malaysian deputy minister indicated that he had had fruitful talks with the head of Algerian diplomacy, with whom he shared many points of view.

In this regard, the Malaysian official noted a convergence of views on a range of regional and international issues.

“There is a convergence of views on the challenges we continue to face as Muslim countries. These include international issues, such as; the Palestinian cause, environment and climate change as well as humanitarian issues in the world,” he explained.

“This is the image we want to show, namely that Algeria and Malaysia are working together to face current and future challenges”, he also underlined.

Algeria- Malaysia Relations at glance:

Algeria opened its Embassy in Kuala Lumpur in 1993. Relations between Algeria and Malaysia are excellent. As members of the NAM, the OIC, the G15 and the G77, the two countries share similar views on various international issues and coordinate their positions in various international conferences and forums, particularly at the UN.

At the economic level, the setting up in July 2010 of the Malaysia- Algeria Business Council (MABC), under the chairmanship of Datuk Suhaidi SULAIMAN, has opened prospects for expanding and strengthening bilateral economic cooperation, particularly in sectors, such as; agro-industry, transports, public works, ICT, services, tourism, water resources, construction…. The trade volume between both countries has increased by 25% in the past two years reaching 300 million dollars. The Malaysian companies eye to invest in the Algerian market, especially in the sphere of halal products, the Islamic banking sector and the digital economy. As for the tourist aspect, Malaysia was experiencing an influx of Algerian tourists, whose number reached 20,000 tourists.

Visits exchanged both at the official and business level between Algeria and Malaysia attest of the good health of their relations:

The Algerian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, visited Malaysia, twice, in the context of his participation in the NAM and OIC Summits, which were held in Kuala Lumpur in 2003. The former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, heading an important delegation, made an historical official visit to Algeria in august 2003 during which several agreements were signed concerning bilateral trade, Information and communication technology as well as cooperation between APS and BERNAMA news agencies.

We can, also, mention the visits to Algeria by:

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the former Prime Minister, in April 1994, when he was in charge of the portfolio of Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Datuk Seri Hamid Albar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, in January 2000, during which the agreement on promotion and protection of investment was signed.
Delegation of Malaysian Experts (EPU) to Algeria for the audit of the Algerian economy (29 September to 8 October 2000 ).
Malaysia participated at the International Fair of Algiers in June 2000).
The Malaysian Deputy Minister of Tourism made in 2004 a visit to Algeria to study the possibilities of cooperation.

Recent visits

Dato’ Hamzah Bin Zainudin, Deputy-Minister of Plantation industries and Commodities, (26-29 September 2010).
Delegation of MATRADE and MABC visited Algeria i(19-22 December 2010)
Dato’ Seri Mohamed NAZRI Ben Abdelaziz, Minister at the Department of the Prime Minister ( 1 – 4 February 2011)
Dato’ Mukhriz Ibn Dr Mahathir, Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry (28 February-3rd March 2011).

As well as the Visits to Malaysia by:

H.E. Mr Salah Dembri, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria (May 1995), during the visit, an agreement on Economic , cultural and technical cooperation and an agreement of partial suppression of visas between two countries were signed.
H.E. Mr Hamid Temmar, former Minister of participation and coordination of reforms (23-25 November 2000). This was the second visit of Mr. Temmar to Malaysia after the one he had made as Minister of Trade heading Algerian delegation multi-sectors based ( 25 – 30 march, 2003).
H.E Mr. Abdelaziz Belkhadem, Minister of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria in 2002.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E Mr Ahmed Amine Kherbi, in 2002.
H.E Mr Amar Ghoul, Minister of Public Works, in 2003, heading the Algerian delegation multi-sectors based.

Cultural and Technical Relations:

Algeria continues to benefit from the Malaysian Program of technical cooperation (MTCP). In the higher education sector, around hundreds of Algerian Students are studying in Malaysia. The authorities of both countries have expressed their wish to enhance their ties in the area of higher education and culture.

Major Exports By Malaysia:

Palm oil, Chemicals & Chemical products, Vegetable Oil, Woods Products, Textiles and Clothing.

Major Imports from Algeria:

Crude Fertilizers & Crude Minerals, Chemicals and Chemicals Products.

On March 22, the Algerian-Malaysian Parliamentary Friendship Group was installed, constituting a new cornerstone in the promotion of cooperation between the two parliaments, which will also breathe new life to promoting and deepening relations serving the interest of both brotherly peoples.

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