Zim, Algeria seek to boost co-operation

ZIMBABWE and Algeria must continue to deepen relations in all sectors despite the

tensions and upheavals shaking international relations today, Algeria’s Ambassador to

Zimbabwe, Nourredine Yazid, said yesterday.

Speaking at the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of his country’s

Independence from “over 130 years of barbaric invasion by the French”, Mr Yazid said

to complement existing relations, Algeria was set to resume its scholarship facility for

Zimbabwean students next year.

While historical ties and mutual co-operation between Zimbabwe and Algeria continue

to exist, Mr Yazid said broadening co-operation in all sectors would solidify the

existing bonds despite the unjustified sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.

“Our co-operation in the field of higher education through the annual offer of 100

scholarships to Zimbabwean students in Algerian universities, which we will resume

from next year, is satisfactory.

“This co-operation should be extended to other sectors of interest to both countries,”

he said.

Mr Yazid said the tensions and upheavals in the world today call on the global leaders

to address the challenges of peace and focus on development to avoid the dangers of

polarisation.

In a speech read on his behalf by Ambassador Pavelyn Musaka, the Deputy Minister of

Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Dr David Musabayana, who was guest of

honour, thanked Algeria for providing military training and solidarity to the

Zimbabwean liberation movements when they were seeking to free the country.

He added that the resuscitation of the joint permanent commission on co-operation

last held in 2009, would be an important step as the two countries seek to boost

economic relations.

Dr Musabayana also thanked Algeria for its support that led to the election of Chief

Fortune Charumbira as president of the Pan-African Parliament at elections recently

held in South Africa.

“Our Government is concerned that economic, trade and investment co-operation

between our two countries is not matching the excellent political relations that we

share.

“I therefore call upon our two countries to work closely together to ensure that the

joint permanent commission on co-operation is urgently resuscitated. In the same

breath, it will also be helpful to take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade

Agreement to boost our trade relations for the mutual benefit of our two friendly

countries and peoples,” said Dr Musabayana.

He reiterated Zimbabwe’s commitment to continue working closely with Algeria at

continental and international levels as the two countries advance common aspirations

including the liberation and self-determination of the Saharawi people and Palestine.

In his congratulatory message, Palestinian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Tamer Almassri,

praised Algeria for being supportive of “all the oppressed people”.

“Today the revolution of Algeria belongs to all people of Africa because the concept of

defeating occupation in Africa is important. Algeria taught Palestinians and Africans

how to struggle, taught us freedom, self-determination and that no occupation will

last forever,” he said.Herald.

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