Algeria, South Africa satisfied with quality of bilateral cooperation

APS : Tuesday, 15 January 2019
ALGIERS- Algeria and South Africa expressed, Monday 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.
The two ministers highlighted the importance of the Algerian-South African Joint Committee as a bilateral mechanism to strengthen cooperation and partnership between the two countries.
They also noted that the committee’s regular meetings provide an occasion to assess the progress made so far and to identify new cooperation opportunities in various fields.
In this regard, Messahel and Sisulu stressed the need to pay “particular focus” on economic cooperation through trade and investment initiatives between State-owned companies and public-private partnerships.
The two Ministers also agreed to reinforce the institutional framework of cooperation by launching a Strategic Algeria-South Africa dialogue, the first session of which will take place at mutually agreed date and venue.
The two Ministers condemned, “in the strongest possible terms,” all forms of terrorism and extremism.
They reaffirmed the need to reinforce international cooperation against international crime which profits from terrorism.
Furthermore, the Ministers recognized the central role of the African Union (AU) in addressing crises and conflicts on the African continent. They welcomed the “convergence of positions and views between Algeria and South Africa in conflict management and resolution on the
continent by fostering, in particular, dialogue and peaceful solutions.”
They further called for the implementation of the AU’s Agenda 2063 and its Action Plan, as well as the urgent need to pursue the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
The two Ministers also agreed to “tirelessly work towards the revitalization and democratization of international institutions in advancing peace, security and development.” Both ministers reiterated their common view on the “need to promote multilateralism and South-South Cooperation.”
In this regard, they reiterated the call for the reform of global system of governance to be more “equitable and representative” of all peoples of the world, in particular the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
Therefore, Minister Messahel reiterated the congratulations of Algeria on South Africa’s assumption, as a non-permanent member for the period 2019 – 2020, of the UNSC seat.
The two Ministers discussed the issue of Western Sahara and reaffirmed their position which is the attainment of the right for self-determination of the Saharawi people and the decolonization of Western Sahara.
The two Ministers emphasized that, with its admission into the AU, the Kingdom of Morocco “must adhere to the principles and goals enshrined in the AU Constitutive Act, especially the need to respect colonial borders as they existed at the time of independence.”
Messahel and Sisulu expressed their “full support and confidence in the efforts undertaken by the United Nations Secretary General Personal Envoy for Western Sahara Horst Kohler, to bring both the Polisario Front and the Kingdom of Morocco to continue direct negotiations in good faith and without preconditions.”
Concerning the Palestinian question, the two ministers expressed concern about the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in the occupied Palestinian territory. In this regard, they reaffirmed their support to a lasting and just solution to the Palestinian question, and
reiterated the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to establish an independent State with (al-Quds) as capital.

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