Algeria and Venezuela recorded congruence in the two countries’ views on various international issues of common interest, especially the Palestinian and Saharan issues, as well as the situation in Libya, on the occasion of the work and friendship visit paid by President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, on Thursday to Algeria. On the occasion of this visit, the Venezuelan President received an official reception at the headquarters of the Presidency of the Republic by the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, before initiating bilateral talks, which later expanded to members of the delegations of the two countries. The expanded talks took place in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad Ramtane Lamamra, Director of the Office of the Presidency of the Republic, Abdel Aziz Khalaf, Minister of Energy and Mines Mohamed Arkab, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Abdel Baqi bin Zayan, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Mohamed Abdel Hafeez Heni and Minister of Communication Mohamed Bouslimani, Minister of Transport Abdallah Monji, Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts Yassin Hammadi, and Minister of Environment Samia Moulafi. These ministers had sectoral meetings with their counterparts from Venezuela that dealt with ways and means of enhancing bilateral cooperation. In a joint press conference between the two presidents, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune stressed that Algeria shares with Venezuela a rich balance of historical relations characterized by the defense of just causes in the world and the rights of peoples to freedom and development, away from the residues inherited from the era of tyranny, exploitation and injustice. He added that the talks with his Venezuelan counterpart allowed to address various issues on the international scene, starting with the Palestinian issue, pointing out that there is a “complete agreement” between the two countries in the context of “the struggle to help the Palestinian people to build the Palestinian state with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.” Regarding the Sahrawi issue, President Tebboune highlighted the two countries’ agreement on the need to assist the Sahrawi people in order to achieve their right to self-determination. With regard to the Libyan crisis, the President of the Republic indicated that the necessity of assisting the Libyan people was emphasized in order to succeed in a democratic electoral process that would lead to the election of new officials to run the affairs of the Libyan state. For his part, Maduro valued President Tebboune’s decision to open an air route between Algeria and Caracas, considering that this decision would strengthen ties between the two peoples and link North Africa with South America. When referring to the bilateral talks he had with the President of the Republic, the guest of Algeria affirmed that the two countries share a heroic and striving history, and they share the same vision of a peaceful world. He added that in this regard, it was agreed to upgrade bilateral relations through a new start between the two peoples and the two countries. In this context, he announced the intention of the two countries to convene the joint higher committee and create a ground of understanding to advance bilateral cooperation to broader horizons. Expressing his country’s hope to enhance bilateral cooperation in the fields of energy, oil and gas, technology, higher education and agriculture. In a related context, the Venezuelan president said that the meeting was also an opportunity to review the most important developments on the international scene, expressing his country’s full support for the Palestinian people and the need to denounce the crimes committed by the Zionist entity against the Palestinians. With regard to the Saharawi cause, the Venezuelan president expressed his support for the struggle of the Saharawi people, calling on the international community to Support the right of this people to self-determination. Regarding the Libyan crisis, he stressed the need to provide the necessary guarantees to organize elections that would allow the rebuilding of a sovereign and democratic Libyan state.
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