Algeria National Day
2 November 2015
Address by His Excellency Abd-El-Naceur BELAID, Ambassador of Algeria to South Africa, on the occasion of the celebration of the 61st Anniversary of the Revolution of the First of November
I would like, first of all, to extend my warm greetings and thanks to you for honoring us with your presence at this celebration, so dear to the Algerians and to the friends of Algeria and defenders of peoples rights all over the world.
The date of First November 1954 remains deeply etched and holds a central place not only in the memory of the Algerians as a key historic landmark, but also in the human undertaking for the emancipation of peoples and the enshrinement of the values of freedom and human dignity shared by all nations.
Photo: Ambassador of Algeria Mr Abd-El-Naceur Belaid and Dr Thibedi Ramontja, Director General of the Department of Mineral Resources of SA toasting to the 61st Anniversary of the Algerian Revolution of the 1st November 1954.
On the continent where it saw the light of day, the Algerian revolution led by young militants such as the late Ahmed BEN BELLA, ABANE Ramdane, Larbi BEN MHIDI, Mustapha BEN BOULAID, Colonel LOTFI…. exemplified the universal values of total emancipation for peoples, being in perfect harmony with the other liberation movements in Africa, against colonialism, foreign domination, racism and Apartheid.
In line with this, Algeria honored itself by unwaveringly supporting, in every respect, the South African people and the late Nelson MANDELA himself as well as emblematic figures like Walter SISULU, Oliver TAMBO and Myriam MAKEBA, in their just cause of freedom and dignity recovery.
The celebrated words of the late MANDELA during a gathering following his release from jail «Algeria is my country» are, I think, among the nicest tributes to the symbiosis which has ever characterized the extremely close and unfailing bonds between my country and South Africa, between the Algerian and South African peoples.
As our two peoples were in the midst of their struggle for emancipation, the relations between Algeria and South Africa have been shaped, since the beginning, by a common awareness that Africa, from Algiers to Cape Town, should be free and master of its own destiny.
Drawing on the same source of values, the two countries stand today together in the same perspective, and towards the same national goals of, among other things, further enhancing the Nation-State, democracy and national reconciliation for the sake of the people.
Sharing the same vision and convinced that their resources and the dividends of privileged relations between them would serve the African continent as a whole, Algeria and South Africa are engaged in a strategic partnership materialized by one of the first high bi-national commissions of cooperation between South Africa and another country.
The two countries are acting resolutely and methodically to translate this partnership in tangible actions in various fields.
The visit that His Excellency Mr. Jacob ZUMA, President of the Republic of South Africa, carried out to Algeria in March 2015, the highly important meetings that took place on this occasion with His Excellency President Abdelaziz BOUTEFLIKA and the holding of the Sixth Session of the High Bi-national Commission of Cooperation, stand as proof, if any were needed, of the magnitude and the strategic nature of the relations between Algeria and South Africa.
It is with satisfaction that I note that all the bilateral cooperation aspects have been reinvigorated immediately after the State visit of His Excellency President Jacob ZUMA to Algiers.
And it is with conviction that I would like to state that this strong dynamic in deepening the bonds between our two countries is a durable achievement to be consolidated more and more.
I had mentioned, in November 2014, programs worth 200 billion dollars that my country included in its development plans and which opened new perspectives of partnership to the South African companies. I would like to announce, today, that the same opportunities remain almost entirely valid despite the drastic fall in hydrocarbons prices. This thanks, among other things, to the Algerian State policy of repaying the external debt and building considerable exchange reserves through The Revenue Regulation Fund.
At the international level, in particular at the African level, Algeria and South Africa, faithful to the message of their respective struggles, are today leading partners in defending the interests of Africa, its values, its principles and its aspirations.
In their efforts to combat instability and appease the African continent so that it entirely dedicates itself to the challenges of development and integration, the two countries develop, in perfect harmony, similar positions on political solutions for conflicts, crises, and tensions as well as on the quest for ways to make Africa a credible and efficient actor in the prevention and management of conflicts on the basis of the principle of «African solutions to African problems».
The exercise Amani Africa II which is currently taking place on the South African soil and in which Algeria has been keen to put its own air transport capacities at the disposal of the African contingents, illustrates the common commitment of our two countries. The same goes for the efforts of Algeria and South Africa to set up the African Immediate Crisis Response Capacity in order to better transpose in reality the vision of a unified, peaceful and prosperous Africa.
While I express, once more, my delight at the exceptional quality of the relations between Algeria and South Africa and the work accomplished by the two countries as actors and makers of a better and stronger Africa, taking its rightful place on the international scene, I ask you to join me in a toast to the good health of His Excellency President BOUTEFLIKA and His Excellency President ZUMA and to the further strengthening of the historical relations between Algeria and South Africa.
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