“Algeria is Russia’s second largest trading partner in Africa,” Russian President Putin says

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ALGIERS- Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a message of appreciation to Algeria when he received the credentials of new foreign ambassadors in Moscow, including the new Algerian ambassador to Russia, Smail Benamara.

Speaking with the newly-appointed ambassadors during the ceremony of receiving their credentials, held in the St Alexander Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace, Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that Algeria is Russia’s second largest trading partner in Africa in terms of the volume of trade exchanges and trade and economic cooperation, which is developing significantly.

“Algeria is Russia’s second largest trading partner in Africa in terms of trade volume. And trade and economic cooperation continues to develop actively, as well as our ties in other areas, including military-technical and cultural ties,” Putin explained.

The Russian President also affirmed that his country supports Algeria’s balanced line in regional and international affairs, stressing the continuation of bilateral talks to enhance stability in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Sahara-Sahel region.

“Russia supports Algeria’s balanced policy in regional and international affairs, and we will continue to work together to strengthen stability in the Middle East, North Africa and the Sahara-Sahel region,” he further noted.

Putin noted that Algeria and Russia celebrated, last March, the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, inviting, once again, the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune to pay a visit to Russia.

“Russia’s cooperation with the Algerian People’s Democratic Republic is that of strategic partnership. In March we marked the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations, and invited President of Algeria Abdelmadjid Tebboune to visit Russia,” Putin concluded.

Earlier, the new Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Algiers, Mr. Valerian Shuvaev highlighted, during a meeting granted to him by President Tebboune, both countries’ willingness to further enhance all-out bilateral cooperation.

“During my meeting with President Tebboune, the bilateral relations were reviewed and both sides expressed their common will to exert more efforts aimed at developing and strengthening the all-around bilateral relations,” said the Russian ambassador in a statement after presenting his credentials to the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

“I told President Tebboune, in my capacity as the new ambassador of the Russian Federation, my determination to make every effort to achieve this noble mission,” added the Russian diplomat.

“Algerian President Tebboune may visit Russia before end of year” – Russian Ambassador

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune may pay a visit to Russia before the end of 2022, as declared, on September 8, by the Russian Ambassador in Algiers Valeryan Shuvayev.

“A fundamental decision was made to carry out the visit of president Tebboune to Russia before the end of the year,” Shuvayev told reporters.

Referring, in his first media appearance at the headquarters of his country’s embassy in Algeria, to “a fundamental decision”, Valerian Shuvayev also mentioned “important events” which are expected in relations between the two countries by the end of the year.

Recalling that the invitation to visit Russia was made in 2020 by Vladimir Putin during his meeting with his Algerian counterpart on the sidelines of the international conference on Libya in Berlin.

During his visit to Algiers last July, Sergei Lavrov reiterated this invitation from the Russian President.

In a related context, he added that Moscow does not object to Algeria’s desire to join the BRICS group, adding that Tebboune had sent a letter to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on the issue of Algiers’ accession.

President Tebboune expressed the North African country’s willingness to join the BRICS group, which includes the world’s largest economies outside the Western system. President Tabboune said that “it is possible to join the BRICS group given that it is an “economic and political power that includes Russia and China”.

The BRICS group also includes the major emerging economies of Brazil, India and South Africa.

“The BRICS interest us” as an alternative to traditional power centres, President Tebboune said in a televised interview. “They constitute an economic and political force.”

Algeria meets, to a large extent, conditions to join BRICS:

He underlined that there was no need to “get ahead of things” but promised “good news”.

The president added that his North African country meets “a good part” of the economic criteria for joining the bloc.

BRICS members currently account for nearly a quarter of the world’s gross domestic product.

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