Algeria Celebrates National Day Relationship with Pakistan reflects solidarity: Envoy

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Ashraf Ansari

Ambassador H.E Brahim Romani of Democratic Republic of Algeria hosted a glittering and festive reception in the federal capital, Islamabad to celebrate the 68 th Anniversary of his country’s National Day. The event marked the commemoration of November 1, 1954, the day when the Algerian Revolution took a heroic start for liberation of Algeria from the oppressive colonial occupation of France. It proved to be a long struggle which lasted seven and a half years.

Ambassador Brahim recalled that people of Pakistan expressed complete solidarity with their Algerian brothers and sisters in their just struggle marked by supreme sacrifices. Pakistan was one of the first few countries who recognized the interim government of the Algerian revolution in 1958 while the revolution continued.

In his welcome address at the reception, the ambassador of Algeria highlighted close, cordial, and brotherly relations that have always existed between not only the governments of his country and Pakistan, but also between the people of the two countries. He was confident that cooperation between the two countries would continue growing to new heights.

Senator Talha Mehmood, Federal Minister for SAFRON was the chief guest at the reception. In his speech he said Pakistan greatly valued its relationship with the brotherly country Algeria. He said the two countries have historical, cultural, and religious links spanning centuries. He said Pakistan and Algeria shared positions on all important international issues, and they are committed to cooperating with each other at the international forums. He stressed the need for strengthening of bilateral

cooperation between the two countries in various areas of mutual interest.

A large number of guests graced the reception. They included ambassadors and prominent people belonging to various segments of the society.

Algeria is the largest area in Africa and the Arab and Mediterranean regions with strategic location.

Algeria has a charming geography, with a coast of 1,600 km long, rich in beautiful beaches and marine resources. It has a climate with four seasons. Algeria has been blessed with rich natural resources including oil and gas. It has vast mines of iron, phosphate, gold, and zinc. Algeria also has a good fertile land full of various agricultural products.

Algeria has developed a modern infrastructure, extensive networks of highways and railways, dozens of ports, and international airports. It offers excellent opportunities for investment and trade with good services and low energy prices. It also has a skilled, young workforce in a country of 45 million people.

In 2023, Algeria and Pakistan will celebrate the 60 th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between them. It can be a good occasion to commit themselves to promoting their bilateral cooperation in various vital fields.

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