The Algerian diplomacy day, coinciding with 8 October of each year, was celebrated Sunday at the International Conference Center (CIC) in Algiers.
A ceremony was held on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of this day, chaired by Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel, in the presence of the President of the Constitutional Council, Mourad Medelci and members of the government, as well as representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited to Algiers.
During the event, Messahel recalled the glorious epics of Algerian diplomacy, stressing that Algeria’s diplomatic action has experienced “a qualitative leap” since the election of the President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in 1999 who , established the principles and foundations on which Algerian diplomacy was founded, thanks to his wisdom and experience.
Algerian diplomacy, he continues, began a decisive step in its history through the Bandung Conference in 1955, being the first Afro-Asian gathering where national activists Aït Ahmed, Saad Dahleb, Tayeb Boulahrouf and M hamed Yazid and others had proved their diplomatic capacities to make the voice of Algeria heard in international fora.
In his speech, Mr Messahel, stressed the principle of Algeria which consists in supporting the peoples still under colonization, particularly in the African continent in order to obtain their independence.
In this connection, he recalled the efforts made by Algeria for the decolonization of the Western Sahara, the last territory occupied on the African continent, by reaffirming the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination.
Speaking of the Libyan crisis, the Foreign Minister affirmed that “Algeria continues to support the efforts of the United Nations, to find a political settlement to this crisis and to guarantee the territorial unity and cohesion of the Libyan people.”
On the Palestinian issue, Messahel reiterated Algeria’s support for the Palestinian people and their legitimate rights to freedom and the creation of an independent state with Al-Quds as its capital.