Pakistan’s new ambassador reaffirms his country’s willingness to further propel bilateral relations, voices on 2023 program

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ALGIERS- The new ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Algeria, Muhammed Tariq affirmed, Thursday, that his country was working with Algeria to further consolidate their bilateral relations and their cooperation at the international level.

Speaking after the presentation of his credentials to the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, the Pakistani ambassador highlighted the strengths of Algeria, a country, he said, “with a splendid nature, a generous people and a solid economy”.

“These are assets that promote partnership on the international level,” pointed out the Pakistani diplomat.

Recalling the “historic relations” linking Algeria and Pakistan, the new Pakistani ambassador pointed out that his country was among “the first States to have recognized, in 1958, the Provisional Government of the Algerian Republic”.

The two countries have “since worked to consolidate their bilateral relations, and are now working to further enhance their cooperation at the international level”, assured Mr. Tariq.

Affirming that the year 2023 will be “an important milestone” in bilateral relations linking the two countries which are celebrating the 65th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations, he noted that this is was an opportunity to “launch several activities, such as; the exchange of parliamentary and ministerial delegations”.

And to announce, in this context, the holding, very soon, of a meeting in Islamabad of mixed economic commissions, the Pakistani diplomat noted the interest, for the two countries, of “taking advantage of their assets to further strengthen their economic relations”.

Sneak peek into Algerian-Pakistani relationship:

Relations between Algeria and Pakistan are excellent. Pakistan was a staunch ally during Algeria’s struggle for independence against France. It supported the Algerian independence even before the inception of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria. It was one of the first countries to recognize the Provisional Government of Algerian Republic in exile on 19 September 1958 under the Prime Ministership of Farhat Abbas and had permitted it to open its Mission in Karachi, the then capital of Pakistan. The Government of Pakistan provided diplomatic passports to prominent members of the Algerian government in exile for their foreign travel, such as; Ahmed Ben Bella.

Both sides have convergence of views on regional and international topical issues. Both countries have also been supporting each other in various multilateral forums including UN, OIC and NAM. Algeria has an embassy in Islamabad and Pakistan has an embassy in Algiers.

A Pak-Algerian Group in the Pakistan Parliament was formed on 10 January 1990. The first ever Parliamentary Group in Algeria dedicated to the Promotion of friendship between Algeria and Pakistan was instituted on 29 December 1990. Subsequently, a Parliamentarian group of friendship with Algeria was also created in the Senate of Pakistan and Algeria reciprocated by establishing a 13-member Algeria-Pakistan Group of Friendship in the National Council of Transition.

The relations between the two countries got a fresh boost after the visit of the former President Musharraf in July 2003. This visit was a significant step forward in strengthening and upgrading the level of bilateral relations between the two countries. President’s meetings with the Algerian President and other leaders afforded an opportunity to exchange views and develop better understanding on the wide-ranging subjects of mutual, regional and international concern.

In September 2005, the first inaugural session of the Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) between Pakistan and Algeria was held in Islamabad. The Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises and Handicraft Mustapha Benbada, headed the Algerian delegation while the then Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Mr. Amanullah Khan Jadoon led the Pakistani side. Pakistan-Algeria JMC was established in 1987 and this first session took place after a lapse of 18 years. Three agreements for cooperation in the fields of small and medium enterprises (SME) and handicrafts, cultural exchange program 2005-08 and science and technology were signed.

Following the 8 October 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, the government of Algeria sent 800 tents, 200 blankets and 10 tons of medicines. In November 2008, following the earthquake in Baluchistan, the Government of Algeria donated a cheque of US$1 million.

The former President of Algeria, the late Abdelaziz Bouteflika was awarded the honour of the “Best Governed Muslim state” by a popular national daily Pakistan Observer in 2005.

After the death of the former prime minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto in December 2007, the Algerian government condemned her assassination. The former Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci signed the condolence book on behalf of the Algerian President.

Pakistan, for its part, has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Algiers on 11 December 2007, in which two bombs exploded in Algiers outside the Constitutional Council and the suicide bomb attack on the Prime Minister’s Office on 11 April 2007. Former President Musharraf expressed solidarity with Algeria, strongly condemned this attack and condoled the deaths of innocent civilians.

Last March, Algeria-Pakistan parliamentary group was installed at the headquarters of the People’s National Assembly (APN), constituting a space for consultation and exchange to further strengthen relations between the two countries. The installation ceremony was chaired by the Vice-Speaker of the APN, Moundir Bouden in the presence of the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Algiers, Muhammed Tariq and the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the national community abroad.

In a speech on the occasion, Mr. Bouden indicated that the installation of this parliamentary group constituted a “framework for consultation and exchange with the aim of consolidating relations between Algeria and Pakistan, which was among the first countries to have recognized the provisional government of the Algerian Republic (GPRA) during the national revolution, in 1958”, adding that these relations “draw their foundations from the common will from both sides to work for the realization of an international regime, in which the sovereignty of countries is respected”.

In this regard, Mr. Bouden highlighted “Algeria’s determination to develop its relations with Pakistan, particularly in terms of tourism and the pharmaceutical industry, while taking advantage of the available opportunities”.

For his part, the Pakistani ambassador praised the “efforts exerted by the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune and the Speaker of the APN, Brahim Boughali, aimed at strengthening the role of parliamentary democracy as well as the roles of delegations in terms of the consolidation of bilateral relations”.

He also stressed “the importance of parliamentary groups in the face of the challenges imposed”, adding that Algeria “is an important and effective country both at the African level and within the the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) given its pioneering role in supporting peace”.

The representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Community abroad highlighted “the importance of exchanging visits between officials of the two countries in order to strengthen cooperation and consultation on issues of common interest as well as boost bilateral relations in the economic sphere”.

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