President al-Assad receives Algerian Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel

Damascus, SANA- President Bashar al-Assad received on Monday Algerian Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel, who is the head of the Syrian-Algerian committee for economic cooperation, and the accompanying delegation.

The President said during the meeting that terrorism is no longer a local issue as it has become part of a political game aimed at debilitating the countries that are committed to their independent decision.

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His remarks came in the context of discussing the danger of terrorism and the need for unifying the efforts of all countries to fight this danger.
Messahel presented to President al-Assad Algeria’s experience in combating terrorism and extremism and achieving national reconciliation, stressing his country’s solidarity with the Syrian people and support for their steadfastness in the face of the terror war waged against them.

The President, for his part, affirmed that Syria is in a better situation now and that the Syrian people are still committed to defending their country, expressing appreciation of Algeria’s principled stance towards Syria.

Talks during the meeting, which was attended by Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade Humam al-Jazaeri and Chairman of the Planning and International Cooperation Commission Qaiss Khodr, dealt with the bilateral relations between Syria and Algeria and the need to boost them in all the fields.

Enhancing economic relations in particular and broadening the prospects of cooperation to the best interest of the people of both countries were focused on.

Earlier on Sunday, Minister Messahel discussed means of enhancing cooperation with al-Jazaeri, after the meetings of the Syrian-Algerian technical experts kicked off at the headquarters of the Plannign and International Cooperation Commission on Friday.

Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi also held a meeting with the Algerian Minister and the accompanying delegation, where he stressed the importance of activating the agreements signed between both sides as well as reaching new ones to better contribute to enhancing bilateral cooperation.

Minister Messahel expressed to al-Halaqi the Algerian government’s desire to develop bilateral relations and open new channels for cooperation.

Wael al-Halaqi-Algerian Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel

Speaking to reporters following the meeting, Messahel said the delegation’s visit is aimed at expressing solidarity with Syria against terrorism, noting that he handed President al-Assad a letter of friendship, amity and congratulations on Independence Day, celebrated on April 17th.

The visit, he added, is also an opportunity to exchange views on the way Algeria dealt with similar problems and how it tackled the national reconciliation issue.

Messahel renewed his country’s adherence to the policy of non-interference in the affairs of other countries, stressing that Algeria calls for political solution through negotiations, diplomacy and respect of the peoples’ will.

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