APS : Sunday, 23 December 2018
ALGIERS- Algeria and Jordan on Sunday expressed willingness to foster their bilateral relations, especially in the economic and commercial fields, to serve the interests of the two peoples,
in application of the instructions of two leaders, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and King Abdullah II.
Following his talks with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman al Safadi, Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel said that the two countries shared “views and aspirations as well as a willingness to bolster their bilateral relations in the fields of economy, trade and education, in application of the instructions of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and King of Jordan Abdullah II.”
The sub-commissions resulting from the Algerian-Jordanian Joint Commission held last January in Algiers are planned to meet to boost the bilateral cooperation.
Messahel said that his meeting with his Jordanian counterpart covered a number of questions that “concern the Arab countries, in the Middle East and North Africa, and the Sahel.
“Algeria and the Kingdom of Jordan share the same positions regarding the Palestinian question,” he added.
The Algerian FM also stressed the importance of the “common action both at the bilateral level and within the Arab League, in order to be at the forefront in defending the Palestinians’ legitimate rights.”
Regarding the Arab League reform which has been discussed by the two ministers, Messahel said the “the Arab countries need to conduct deep reform to take up the current challenges.”
The talks with Safadi also focused on the milestone meetings the Arab world is set to host, namely the Arab League-European Union Summit in Cairo (Egypt) and the Arab Summit in Beirut (Lebanon) in early 2019, said Messahel.
In these meetings, the Arab countries need to adopt “coordinated positions and speak with one voice, like the Europeans, with whom we maintain neighborhood and partnership relations.”
Jordan’s FM, as for him, said that his country “aspires to strengthen the bilateral cooperation in terms of economy, investment and trade, culture as well as in the field of education. Such willingness is driven by the determination of both leaders to revive and promote the bilateral relations.”
“We have many things in common and have agreed to hold technical meetings to discuss how to develop a road map to boost relations between the two countries,” added the Jordanian Foreign Minister, hailing “the role and the place of Algeria, with which we wish to develop our relations”.