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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.