By Oleen Ndori
ALGERIA is exploring ways of enhancing existing bilateral relations with Zimbabwe in different sectors under the Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation.
With solidarity between Zimbabwe and Algeria dating back to the days of the liberation struggle, the two sister republics are looking for ways to strengthen existing relations beyond the education sector under the Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation.
This was the key message by Algeria’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Nourredine Yazid on the occasion of the North African country’s 60th Independence Anniversary.
“Our two countries maintain excellent political relations that should be consolidated through the development of economic and trade relations. Our cooperation in the field of higher education through the annual offer of a hundred scholarships to Zimbabwean students in Algerian universities is a step in the right direction.. Our cooperation should be extended to other sectors of interest to both countries taking advantage of the already existing facilitation in the two countries and the African continental free trade areas in developing our commercial exchange, he said.
He also called for the lifting of illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the West.
“I would like to reiterate our deep solidarity with the Zimbabwean people and their government headed by the President E.D Mnangagwa in the face of the illegal western sanctions that are hitting the country and whose first victims are the vulnerable segments of the society,” he added.
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Chief Director Protocol and Conference Services, Ambassador Pavelyn Musaka expressed gratitude to Algeria for supporting the ascendancy of Senator Fortune Charumbira to the Presidency of the Pan African Parliament.
“Allow me express our most sincere gratitude to Algeria for its support that led to the elections of Chief Fortune Charumbira as President of the Pan African Parliament elections held in Midrand, South Africa. I wish to profoundly thank your Government for remaining steadfast in calling for the removal of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by some countries. Let me reiterate Zimbabwe’s commitment to continue working closely with Algeria on the continental and international level as we seek common aspirations,” he noted.
Algeria gained independence from France on the 5th of July 1962 after more than 100 years of colonial rule.