The Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra, said Tuesday in Bamako that the fate of Algeria and Mali are “closely linked”, reiterating the two countries’ determination to work together to settle common problems.
In a statement to the press following his talks with the Malian Prime Minister in Bamako, Mr. Lamamra affirmed that “it is clear that the fate of Algeria and Mali are closely linked, and therefore we can only express our active solidarity and work as always, to settle our problems so that we could look into the future with confidence, courage and determination because we are sure that the solution to our problems is in our hands.”
After recalling the historical relations between the two countries, Mr. Lamamra focused on the contribution made by Mali during the Algerian revolution, especially by allowing the National Liberation Army to open a front from the coast in this country.
He stressed that “the Algerians read in their history book the significant contribution that Mali made through the decision of President Modibo Keita in 1960 immediately after Mali’s independence regarding the opening of the common borders to the Algerian National Liberation Army so that it could open a front against the occupation until the independence of Algeria.
The minister pointed out that “this front line from Mali constituted a historical gain that established real solidarity, solidarity during the ordeal, a solidarity through which the Republic of Mali, which had just regained its independence, demonstrated its willingness to pay a heavy price,” stressing that “Algeria today is faithful to its liberation epic and grateful to the Malian people for this historic position.”
The head of Algerian diplomacy, special envoy of the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, pointed out that he went to Bamako “to express Algeria’s active solidarity with the people and government of Mali.”