South African MinisterALGIERS - Algeria and South Africa expressed, on Monday 14th January in Algiers, their satisfaction with the quality and depth of their bilateral cooperation which continues to show growing dynamism, according to a joint communiqué on the occasion of the working visit to Algeria by Lindiwe Sisulu, South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, at the invitation of her Algerian counterpart, Abdelkader Messahel.

On this occasion, the two Ministers highlighted the importance of the Algerian-South African joint commission as a bilateral mechanism to strengthen cooperation and partnership between the two countries, noting that the meetings of this commission "make it possible to assess the progress and identify new opportunities for cooperation in various fields".

Mr Messahel and Mme Sisulu stressed, in this regard, the need to put a "special emphasis" on economic cooperation through trade and investment initiatives between public enterprises and public - private partnerships.

The two Ministers also agreed to strengthen the institutional framework for cooperation by launching a strategic dialogue between Algeria and South Africa, the first session of which will be held at a mutually agreed date and place.

As regards the terrorism, Algeria and South Africa condemned "with the utmost firmness" all forms of terrorism and extremism and reaffirmed the "need to strengthen international cooperation against international crime that benefits from the scourge of terrorism".

In addition, the two Ministers underlined the "central role" of the African Union (AU) in the resolution of crises and conflicts on the continent and welcomed the convergence of their positions on conflict management and resolution in Africa, in particular by promoting dialogue and peaceful solutions.

They also called for the implementation of the AU Agenda 2063 and its Action Plan, as well as the urgent need to pursue Agenda 2030 for sustainable development.

In addition, both sides agreed to work towards the revitalization and democratization of international institutions "to advance peace, security and development", thereby reiterating their call for the reform of the global governance system "to be more equitable and representative of all the peoples of the world, in particular at the level of the United Nations Security Council".

In this regard, Mr Messahel reiterated Algeria's congratulations to South Africa, which is the UN Security Council’s non-permanent member for the period 2019 - 2020.

Referring to the question of Western Sahara, Algeria and South Africa reaffirmed their position on this issue, namely the right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination and the decolonization of Western Sahara as well as the early settlement of the conflict within the framework of international legality, affirming that after its admission to the AU, Morocco is under an obligation to respect the principles and objectives enshrined in the Constitutive Act of the Union.

Mr Messahel and Mme Sisulu expressed their countries' support for the efforts of the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary General to Western Sahara, Horst Kohler, to bring both sides of the conflict (Morocco and the Polisario Front) to continue negotiations in good faith and without preconditions.

*With regard to the Palestinian question, the two Ministers expressed their concern about the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, reaffirming their support for a just and lasting solution to this conflict and reiterating the right of the Palestinian people to an independent State with Al-Quds as its capital.

Messahel SalamALGIERS - Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel and United Nations Secretary General's Special representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ghassan Salamé, stressed Monday their unwavering commitment to helping Libyan people getting out of the crisis shaking the country, emphasizing the need to implement the UN settlement plan.

Salamé, who was received by Messahel, said "the meeting with the Algerian official was fruitful," adding that contacts between the UN mission to Libya and Algerian officials, and especially the Foreign Minister, "have never been interrupted" since he was appointed as Head of the UN mission in August 2017.

The UN official, on a two-day working visit to Algeria, said the continuous coordination between the two sides is mainly due to the geographic proximity between Algeria and Libya, dubbed "heavy burden" for Algeria, calling Libyan officials to take into consideration this dimension.

Greeting Algerian Foreign Minister's personal experience regarding the Libyan issue, his several visits to that country, and his acquaintances among Libyan leadership, Salamé called for "taking advantage" of this asset and continuing efforts to push forward for a political resolution in Libya.

The UN official praised "Algeria's consistent and positive position over the situation in Libya," adding that "Algeria has expressed an unfailing support to inter-Libyan agreement process and the United Nation's role, described by Algiers as impartial and legitimate."                                         

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L'Algérie reste sur sa position et maintient son principe de "non-ingérence" dans ses affaires politiques et celles des autres pays, a réaffirmé lundi le Ministre des Affaires étrangères, Abdelkader Messahel, prônant le dialogue et la réconciliation nationale pour la résolution des conflits.

" L'Algérie reste ferme sur sa position politique de non-ingérence dans les affaires de l'Algérie et les affaires internes des autres pays. C'est un pilier et un des fondamentaux de la diplomatie Algérienne", a déclaré M. Messahel en marge de la cérémonie célébrant le 56e anniversaire de la journée de la diplomatie algérienne sous le thème: "La diplomatie de la paix et de la réconciliation".

Le Chef de la diplomatie algérienne a poursuivi, que le président de la République Abdelaziz Bouteflika a toujours appelé au dialogue et aux négociations pour régler les conflits sans aucune ingérence "car nous croyons que la solution réside dans le dialogue entre les différentes parties en conflit au sein du pays" citant pour exemple la Syrie, la Somalie, le Soudan et la Libye.

M. Messahel, a assuré qu'avec l'expérience algérienne en la matière, il a été confirmé que l'approche de négociations et non-ingérence de l'Algérie qui prône le dialogue entre les belligérants est efficace dans le règlement des conflits.

BRUSSELS UE- The European Union (EU) noted Friday “with interest” the Algerian initiative for the revival of the Arab Maghreb Union.

Algeria has officially informed the AMU Secretary General for the organization "as soon as possible" of a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Union, it is recalled.

"We noticed with interest the Algerian proposal to hold a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Arab Maghreb Union," said the EU spokesperson in a reaction, noting that in general "any constructive initiative that can contribute to good cooperation in the Maghreb region is welcome".

The Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained on Thursday, in a Statement, that the initiative "is in line with Algeria's intimate and repeatedly expressed conviction of the need to relaunch the construction of the Maghreb complex and reactivate its institutions", stating that it is a follow-up to the conclusions of the Last Extraordinary Summit of the African Union held on 17 and 18 November 2018, on institutional reforms of the continental organisation, which has given particular attention to the role of the regional economic communities in the integration processes of African countries'.

"The relaunch of the meetings of the Council of Ministers, at Algeria's initiative, is likely to introduce a catalytic effect likely to revitalize the activities of the other organs of the Arab Maghreb Union," he concluded.

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"Qassaman" the Pledge; came into being during Algeria's war for independence. 

The words were written by Moufdi Zakaria (1908-1977)in 1956 in Serkaji-Barberousse Prison in Algiers, where he was incarcerated by the French colonial forces. The poem was put into music, first by Mohamed Triki in 1956, then by the Egyptian composer Mohamed Fawzi.

It became the National Anthem after the independence of Algeria on July 5th 1962.

Listen here

"QUASSAMAN": THE PLEDGE *

We swear by the lightning that destroys,
By the streams of generous blood being shed,
By the bright flags that wave,
Flying proudly on the high mountains,
That we are in revolt, whether to live or to die,

We are determined that Algeria should live,
So be our witness - be our witness - be our witness!
2
We are soldiers in revolt for truth
And we have fought for our independence.
When we spoke, nobody listened to us,
So we have taken the noise of gunpowder as our rhythm And the sound of machine guns as our melody,

We are determined that Algeria should live,
So be our witness - be our witness - be our witness!
3
Ô France!
Past is the time of palavers
We closed it as we close a book
Ô France!
The day to settle the accounts has come!
Prepare yourself! Here is our answer!
The verdict, our Revolution will return it
We are determined that Algeria should live,
So be our witness - be our witness - be our witness!
4
From our heroes we shall make an army come to being,
From our dead we shall build up a glory,
Our spirits shall ascend to immortality
And on our shoulders we shall raise the Standard.
To the nation's Liberation Front we have sworn an oath,

We are determined that Algeria should live,
So be our witness - be our witness - be our witness
5
The cry of the Fatherland sounds from the battlefields.
Listen to it and answer the call!
Let it be written with the blood of martyrs
And be read to future generations.
Oh, Glory, we have held out our hand to you,
We are determined that Algeria should live,
So be our witness - be our witness - be our witness

(*) Unofficial translation