Pakistanis cherish memories of liberation struggle of Algerians

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Algeria’s National Day

Ashraf Ansari

Islamabad—Ambassador Lakhal Benkelai and Madame hosted a warm reception at a hotel here to celebrate 62nd anniversary of national day of the People’s Democratic republic of Algeria. The reception hall was packed with guests who had graced the function to share festivity with the Algerians. The Algerian ambassador, his spouse and their embassy colleagues were fondly welcoming the guests with friendly smiles. The chief guest on the occasion was Mr. Aftab Sheikh, the Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, who joined the hosts in cutting the ceremonial cake.
A good number of foreign diplomats, Pakistani civil and military officials as well as other prominent people from various segments of the society attended the reception.
Pakistan and Algeria are bound by deep historic and cultural ties. The two countries enjoy cordial political and economic relations. They are cooperating with each other in several fields and this cooperation has been expanding over all these years. Pakistanis cherish memories of the long drawn heroic liberation struggle of the Algerian people that ultimately brought triumph to them. During the Algerian struggle for liberation from French rule, names of the Algerian leaders were quite familiar to the Pakistani people who prayed for the success of their mission.
The People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, is a sovereign state in North Africa on the Mediterranean coast. Its capital and most populous city is Algiers, located in the country’s far north. With an area of 2,381,741 square kilometres (919,595 sq mi), Algeria is the tenth-largest country in the world, and the largest in Africa.
Algeria supplies large amounts of natural gas to Europe, and energy exports are the backbone of the economy. According to OPEC Algeria has the 17th largest oil reserves in the world and the second largest in Africa, while it has the 9th largest reserves of natural gas. Sonatrach, the national oil company. Algeria is a member of the African Union OIC the Arab League, OPEC, the United Nations and is the founding member of the Maghreb Union.
Algeria is included in the European Union’s European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) which aims at bringing the EU and its neighbours closer. Giving incentives and rewarding best performers, as well as offering funds in a faster and more flexible manner, are the two main principles underlying the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) that came into force in 2014.