International Affairs



It gives me great pleasure to accept your Credentials as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria. I heartily welcome you to India and extend my sincere congratulations on your appointment to this position of high status. I am also grateful for the message of good wishes from the President His Excellency Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika. I take this opportunity to reciprocate the same and convey through you my warmest greetings and regards to him.

India and Algeria share age-old relations in terms of our history, culture, traditions and value systems. Our relations have been burnished in our struggle against colonialism and in our fight for independence. Both India and Algeria have been in the forefront of struggle against colonisation and in the Non-Aligned Movement for peace in the world. And now after the end of the Cold War, we have been sharing our perceptions and working together in various international fora, be it WTO, UNCTAD, G-77, NAM or UN so as to realise the vision of a new world order which is equitable and just.

We consider Algeria a pillar of stability in the region. We in India have watched with admiration Algeria’s dedication to democratic traditions, pluralistic governance, respect for individual freedoms and human rights, tolerance, protection and amelioration of religious and other minorities. It is a matter of great joy that under the leadership of President Bouteflika, Algeria has assumed its rightful place in the international stage.

Excellency, at a time when the world is in the process of transformation with far-reaching consequences and bi-polarity has given way to an emerging multi-polar world order, a new architecture needs to be evolved which will allow greater participation by developing countries in major fora of decision making. We cannot have true development without peace between nations. Of the many threats to peace and development, none has become as dangerous as international terrorism with its links with religious extremism, drug trafficking, illicit commerce in arms. Plural and open democracies are the targets of the scourge of terrorism that strikes at tolerance, the very foundation of our civil society. In this context, we strongly condemn the violent activities by elements that are trying to destabilise the Algerian society.

We are aware of the importance attached by Algeria in promoting peace in West Asia. The stalemate in the peace process, cycle and counter-cycle of violence are issues of universal anguish and deep concern. It is our hope that peace process will be resumed as there is no alternative to peace. India has always shown unwavering solidarity in support of Arab rights and legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people and the Middle East Peace Process. We believe that all the States in the region, including Palestine and Israel, have a right to exist within secure and internationally recognised boundaries.

Excellency, we in India consider Algeria as our friend and we greatly value our ties with Algeria. We are grateful for the sensitivity that Algeria has shown to our essential concerns. It is a matter of great satisfaction that our relations are becoming multi-faceted, strengthened by commonality of approach. The recent State visit of the President His Excellency Abdelaziz Bouteflika was an important milestone in our bilateral relations and will contribute towards realising the full potential of our mutually beneficial relationship. The economies of India and Algeria have certain complementarities which could be optimally utilised to promote economic development through cooperation. We look forward to exploring areas like defence, information technology, telecommunications, research and development in pharmaceuticals and solar energy etc., as possible areas for mutually beneficial cooperation.

Excellency, I would like to assure you that in your capacity as Ambassador of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, you will receive full cooperation and support of the Government of India on all issues. I wish you a comfortable and productive stay in India and every success in your endeavour to further promote Indo-Algerian friendship.

Thank you

Jai Hind