ALGIERS-Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdelkader Messahel held talks with Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh under his official visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the Foreign Affairs Ministry announced Friday in a statement.  

 

Friday, 13 July 2018 12:46

EL TARF-The security of Algeria and its borders is that of the neighbouring country Tunisia, stressed Minister of Interior, Local Assemblies and National Planning, Noureddine Bedoui on Thursday in El Tarf (595km of east of Algiers).   

 

Thursday, 12 July 2018 14:25

OUARGLA – The Remote Sensing Space System is increasingly becoming "essential" means which can give fresh impetus to Saharan agriculture, the Commissioner for the Saharan Agriculture Development (CDARS) told APS on Thursday.

 

Thursday, 12 July 2018 17:23 

ALGIERS-  Ethiopia and Eritrea on Monday signed in Asmara a joint statement formalizing their rapprochement and stipulating that the two countries are no longer in war.

After their meeting, the two countries’ leaders committed to apply Algiers Agreement signed in 2000.

After meeting for the first time in 20 years, Eritrean President Issaias Afeworki and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed signed on Monday "a joint statement of peace and friendship," said Eritrean Information Minister  Yemane G. Meskel.

The statement says that the "state of war that existed between the two countries has come to an end. A new era of peace and friendship has been ushered. "

Both countries will work to promote close cooperation in political, economic, social, cultural and security areas.

This just confirmed the announcements made Sunday about the resumption of trade, transports and telecommunications between the two countries, the restoration of the diplomatic ties and the application of Algiers Agreement, in compliance with borders.

"In the aftermath of talks, we have accepted to reopen our borders," said Ethiopia’s Premier Abiy Ahmed, quoted by both countries’ public TV channels.

 

-Algiers Agreement, last resort to end war-

 

Since Abiy, 42, came to power in April, he has opened the door to unfreezing the relations. The new leader in Addis Ababa has begun a train of reforms. In early June, he announced his intention to implement the Algiers peace agreement signed in 2000 with Eritrea and the conclusions of the International Commission on the Demarcation of the Border.

From 1998 to 2000, 80000 people were killed, in armed dispute over borders. Since then, Asmara and Addis-Ababa severed their diplomatic ties.

The common border remained strongly militarized and its line still disputed around the city of Badme. In 2002, the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague awarded Badme to Eritrea, but Addis Ababa ignored this judgment and the city remained under Ethiopian administration.

Abiy Ahmed, who took office in April, said in June, to everyone's surprise, that he was ready to abide by this international ruling.

A large Eritrean delegation was hosted last June in Ethiopia, for the first time since 1998.

Well received by the Ethiopian authorities, this initiative encouraged Abiy to visit Asmara.

In response to Abiy's outstretched hand, President Issaias ruled in favor of Abiy's decision to turn the page of the conflict and apply the Algiers peace agreement, which has been welcomed by the international community.

 
Monday, 09 July 2018 16:58

ALGIERS- Despite all what have been achieved so far, the economic diversification, the deepening of the democratic process and the preservation of the national independence are  the new battles of Algeria, said Wednesday President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

"Despite all the achievements and all the stages made by our country, much remains to be done. We will have to face the challenges of diversifying the national economy in order to liberate ourselves from the excessive dependency on hydrocarbons, entrenching democracy and spreading the responsible citizenship spirit in order to take the best of our diverse opinions and resolve our differences in a civilized manner," the Head of the State said in his message on the occasion of the celebration of the 56th anniversary of Independence Day.

"We are required to preserve the national autonomy and sovereignty in the decision-making process, amid an unstable and uncontrolled world," he added.

In this regard, he said that "those battles which await our country and others strongly challenge us to follow the example of our ancestors and build on all the competences of Algeria, that we must exploit better."

President Bouteflika said that this message was particularly destined to youth, so that they would know that the "willingness and the love of homeland will always help us to surmount hardships and to take up the challenges whatever their size."

"Today …, Algeria, surrounded by conflicts, crises and cross-border crime, works to protect its people and safeguard its territorial integrity thanks to the efforts and the sacrifices of its children engaged in the National People’s Army (ANP), worthy heir to the National Liberation War (ALN) and security forces. Young men are dedicating themselves to ensure the security of our borders and still combat the remnants of terrorism," said the Head of the State.

President Bouteflika added that "on this memorable day, we once again, pay a heartfelt tribute to our National People's Army and our security forces. We also humbly honour the memory of the martyrs of national duty.”

In this regard, the President of the Republic recalled that "the November Revolution was led by young people who have dedicated their lives so Algeria lives," adding that "the outcome of this Revolution is the result of a heavy tribute paid by a whole people. One million and a half of their children fell as martyrs while millions were deported and stripped of their lands and their properties."

 
Thursday, 05 July 2018 09:43

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