Algeria celebrates National Day

Updated 19 November 2013

Algeria celebrates National Day

The Consulate General of Algeria in Jeddah celebrated the 59th anniversary of the Algerian national sovereignty on Sunday here.
“Today, we will remember the glorious sacrifice made by the Algerian people to gain freedom and independence in order to live in freedom, dignity and glory. We as Algerians and all other Arab brothers shall remember that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was one of the first supporters to the revolution of one million and half martyrs,” said Salah Attia, consul general of Algeria.
He said this anniversary was celebrated amid the process of the comprehensive reforms launched by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. On the economic level, Algeria was able to eliminate its foreign debts, and supply the State Reserve Fund with $200 billion (SR 750 billion). Algeria has allocated $300 billion (SR 1,125 billion) to finance developmental projects from 2009 to 2014.
“The bilateral relations between Algeria and Saudi Arabia represent a clear evidence of the mutual understanding and appreciation between the leaderships of the two countries. The cooperation has continuously improved under the wise leadership of President Bouteflika and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah,” he said.
By the end of 2012, Saudi investments in Algeria reached SR3.5 billion in pharmacological, cement, mineral, paper and chemical fields.
A team monitored upgrading the investments between the two countries and addition to preparing a study regarding the possibility of establishing investment partnership in the master farms, to activate bilateral commerce and marine transport.
“We are looking forward to enhancing the bilateral relations to reflect the high level of brotherly relation between the leaderships of the two countries and to achieve the expectations of our people,” Attia added.
Nabil Bukhari, representative of the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Makkah province, members of the consular corps, dignitaries, officials from international and regional organizations, businessmen, journalists and other public figures attended the celebrations.

Saudi Shoura Council chief stresses KSA’s continued support for Iraq’s fight against terror groups

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Saudi Shoura Council chief stresses KSA’s continued support for Iraq’s fight against terror groups

BAGHDAD: The speaker of the Shoura Council, Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh, on Saturday praised the efforts of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in strengthening Saudi-Iraqi relations.

Al-Asheikh was speaking at the Baghdad Summit of Parliaments of Neighboring Countries of Iraq.

The summit, hosted by Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohamed Al-Halbousi, gathered top lawmakers from Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Jordan and Kuwait to discuss regional security, diplomacy and economic issues. Al-Asheikh said Saudi-Iraqi relations have recently developed after the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to Riyadh with a high-level delegation.

Al-Asheikh stressed the desire of both countries’ leaderships to promote bilateral relations and common interests.

“We are meeting today at this summit to celebrate the victory of brotherly Iraq over terrorism and the elimination of the Daesh terrorist organization,” he said. 

“My country has contributed to the efforts of the international coalition forces to eliminate it and enact more legislation and laws that criminalize it.”

Al-Halbousi said his country’s relations with neighboring states are strong, and Iraq intends to develop them. 

“Today, Iraq is building a promising strategic partnership with all neighboring countries without any reservations or favoring any party,” he added.

Visiting officials pledged support for reconstruction and development efforts in Iraq, and for the country’s continued stability following its victory over Daesh after three years of war, Al-Halbousi said.

Iraq continues to fight terror with regional and international assistance, he added, thanking all countries that have supported this fight. 

The summit dealt with a number of topics, notably strengthening parliamentary cooperation between Iraq and neighboring countries, and supporting regional efforts against terrorism.

Baghdad and Riyadh have been at loggerheads since Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990, but they have recently undertaken a diplomatic push to improve ties.