Algiers (VNA) – About 80 decision makers, diplomats and researchers gathered during a seminar organized face-to-face and online, Wednesday, November 23 in Algiers, Algeria, reviewing 60 years of Vietnam- Algeria diplomatic relations (October 28, 1962-2022).
The good relationship between the two countries, Vietnam and Algeria, was established during the difficult years of the war against the colonial regime and foreign occupation, summed up the Algerian Ambassador to Vietnam, Boubazine Abdelhamid.
Vietnam recognized the provisional government of the Republic of Algeria on September 26, 1958, just one week after Algeria proclaimed its creation. And this historic relationship then expanded to economic, technical and financial cooperation, he said.
He recalled that President Houari Boumediene paid an official visit to Vietnam in March 1974 and Presidents Liamine Zeroual and Abdelaziz Bouteflika visited the state of Vietnam in October 1996 and October 2000.
The relationship between the two countries has been consolidating and expanding ever since because of cooperation and partnership in the fields of politics, economy and culture, he said.
Trân Tam Giap, President of the Club of Retired Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, recalled the solemn and warm welcome given by Algeria to high-level visits to Algeria such as that of General Vo Nguyên Giap as Deputy Prime Minister in February 1985, President Nguyên Minh Triêt in April 2010 and visited from Vice-President Nguyên Thi Binh.
Noting that the friendship and cooperation between the two countries is now entering a new stage, which is a win-win partnership, he said that Vietnam will be a gateway for Algeria to ASEAN and Algeria. , a bridge from Vietnam to North Africa and Western Sahara. .
Both countries have always sincerely supported each other in the struggle for independence and national building. Based on the similarity of their history, the cooperative relationship between the two countries in all fields of politics, economy, culture, people-to-people exchanges … continues to develop, welcomed the Ambassador of Vietnam to Algeria, Nguyễn Thành Vinh .
In recent years, cooperation mechanisms between the two countries such as the Intergovernmental Cooperation Committee and political consultation between the two foreign ministries have laid the foundation for guiding areas of cooperation, he said.
According to figures from the National Agency for the Promotion of Foreign Trade (ALGEX), trade between the two countries reached $262.5 million in 2021 and $140 million in the first six months of 2022.
The oil and gas exploration and exploitation project of the PetroVietnam Exploration Production Corporation (PVEP) is a symbolic project of the economic cooperation relationship between the two countries.
Cultural diplomacy has really become a bridge between Vietnamese culture and Algerian culture, helping both countries share cultural values based on respect for differences.
The diplomat expressed his belief that the mutually beneficial partnership will help the two countries reap new successes for the benefit of both peoples, which will contribute to peace and development in the region and the world. – VNA