The Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Aïmene Benabderrahmane affirmed Tuesday in Kef (Tunisia), the attachment of the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune to have “special and privileged” bilateral relations between Algeria and Tunisia.
“My presence among you today to commemorate the anniversary of this heroic epos comes at the request of the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who ensures that our relations with Tunisia, a brother country, are given a special and privileged character ties of fraternity, good neighbourliness, common history and destiny linking the two countries”, indicated the Prime Minister in his speech on the occasion of the 64th anniversary of the events of Sakiet Sidi-Youssef.
“This sincere will which marks the cooperation between Algeria and Tunisia was expressed by the Presidents of the two countries during the visit of President Tebboune to his second country, Tunisia, on December 15 and 16, 2021, which was crowned by the signing of several bilateral agreements in various fields, economic, cultural and social, in addition to the Carthage Declaration which draws promising contours for the promotion of our relations”, he argued.
According to the Prime Minister, “the results of the President’s visit will crystallize more during the next bilateral meetings, in particular at the meeting of the Algerian-Tunisian Joint Grand Commission with a view to jointly promoting the level of bilateral cooperation to the rank of efficient partnership and solidarity, at the height of the aspirations of the two brotherly peoples and based on the objectives of complementarity and integration in accordance with current requirements and future challenges”.
On this occasion, Mr. Benabderrahmane expressed “his deep satisfaction” with the achievements made together “under this noble approach, and the level of bilateral relations constituting a model to follow in terms of cooperation, understanding and good neighborliness, and a solid foundation for building a renewed, more integrated and efficient regional space, particularly in a regional and international environment marked by the frantic pace of events and the multiplication of dangers and challenges, some of which essentially target the security and the stability of our region”.
The Prime Minister also welcomed his presence in this “combatant region where the blood of the two peoples has intermingled to celebrate together the 64th anniversary of the events of Sakiet Sidi Youssef and to remember the great sacrifices made by our brave chouhada and the militant cohesion they had created to free themselves from the colonial yoke and regain independence”.
“On this same day of 1958, the Algerian and Tunisian peoples wanted to write a glorious page which will remain engraved in golden letters in their common history, a page illustrating very beautiful images of cohesion and mutual aid in order to defend the values of freedom and dignity, driven by the conviction that the strength and depth of the ties between the two countries and the two peoples cannot be achieved by the arrogance of the occupier”, he recalled.
“These events showed, at the time, to the whole world the barbarism of the French occupation, its despicable methods and its repressive policies towards peoples in search of freedom, while making it possible to attract the attention of public opinion on the Algerian Revolution and the level it had reached in terms of organization and power, a revolution which had succeeded in destabilizing the occupier who believed that he had put in place all the military means to stifle it”, affirmed the Prime Minister.
Mr. Benabderrahmane recalled that “the sacrifices of our valiant chouhada who fell during these heinous massacres will remain a source of inspiration for the next generations so that they can grasp the true meaning of fraternity and solidarity, reiterating “Algeria’s strong will” and its determination to strengthen the ties between the two countries, in particular fraternity and cohesion, in addition to the strengthening of bilateral cooperation ties in all areas”.