The President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, and his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, agreed to boost the frameworks of bilateral cooperation between the two countries by activating consultation and coordination mechanisms between them at all levels, and affirmed their will to continue working to develop economic cooperation relations between the two countries, according to the joint statement issued on the occasion of the President of the Republic’s visit to Cairo on Monday and Tuesday.
The statement published by the Presidency of the Republic said: “Based on the historical ties that unite the Arab Republic of Egypt and the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, President of the Democratic Republic of Algeria paid a visit to Cairo on January 24 and 25, 2022 at the invitation of his brother, the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El Sisi, where he was received at the Al Qubba Palace in Heliopolis, and an official reception ceremony was held for him.
The reception was followed by a face-to-face meeting between the two presidents, and an expanded consultation session bringing together members of the delegations of the two countries was held.
During the meeting, various aspects of relations between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria were discussed, and ways and means to boost them to meet the aspirations of the two brotherly peoples and maximize their common interests in light of the unity of destiny and common goals that bind them.
The two presidents emphasized the strategic and distinct nature of bilateral relations and agreed to boost the frameworks of bilateral cooperation between the two countries by activating consultation and coordination mechanisms between them at all levels.
Economic cooperation relations between Egypt and Algeria were also discussed, as the two presidents expressed their will to continue working on developing them, increasing mutual investments and maximizing benefit from the investment-attractive climate in the two countries, as well as increasing the rate of trade exchange, strengthening partnerships and exchanging experiences in various fields to support the two countries’ efforts to achieve development and prosperity and improve the performance of the economy.
The two men stressed their firm conviction that Arab national security is an indivisible whole which requires Arab solidarity and the activation of the mechanisms of joint Arab action. The two presidents also called for the intensification of coordination during the coming period to activate the mechanisms of joint Arab action within the framework of the Arab League.
In this context, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi welcomed Algeria’s hosting of the upcoming Arab summit, expressing confidence in the success of the sisterly Republic of Algeria in hosting the summit’s proceedings in an optimal manner, as it is an important milestone for unifying Arab visions on various issues and strengthening frameworks of cooperation and coordination among Arab countries.
At the level of international and regional situations, the two presidents stressed the importance of coordination between the two sister countries at the Arab, African, Mediterranean and international levels, stressing the need to consecrate the tradition of consultation and coordination in a way that maximizes the interests of the two brotherly peoples.
In this context, the two presidents reviewed the issues on the Arab arena, stressing the importance of preserving Arab national security in light of the serious challenges facing the region, and stressing the need to strengthen the concept of the nation state, and support the role of the nation.
The two presidents discussed the latest developments of the Palestinian cause as it is the central issue of the Arab nation and discussed efforts to preserve the rights of the brotherly Palestinian people, to achieve their legitimate aspirations and hopes for the establishment of their independent state based on the June 4, 1967, borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, commended the sincere efforts undertaken by Egypt to achieve Palestinian reconciliation. President El-Sisi, for his part, welcomed the Algerian effort in this regard and praised Egypt’s efforts in the field of reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.
The developments in the Libyan crisis were also discussed, as the two presidents affirmed that the solution to the crisis besetting this brotherly country must be Libyan through consensus among its people in a way that guarantees the unity and sovereignty of Libya, they also underlined the importance of holding presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya in a way that allows the brotherly Libyan people to express their free will and achieve their legitimate aspirations.
Meanwhile, the two presidents agreed on the necessity of supporting the stability of the situation in Sudan and respecting its sovereignty and territorial integrity, as this is of paramount importance to achieving peace and security on the African continent.
They also stressed the importance of supporting efforts to achieve stability in the Sahel and Sahara region in light of the current security conditions it is confronted with, and in a manner that prevents the expansion of the activities of terrorist and extremist groups in this region.
The two presidents highlighted the importance of joint cooperation between the two countries in order to upgrade the African Union system to achieve continental and economic integration through coordination between the African Union and regional economic groupings, which would achieve the goals of the African Development Agenda 2063.
The two presidents also tackled the issue of the Renaissance Dam, and the importance of the Nile waters to the Egyptian people, and they agreed on the need to reach a binding legal agreement regulating the process of filling and operating the Renaissance Dam in a fair and equitable manner that achieves the interests of the three countries at issue, namely: Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.
At the international level, the two presidents stressed the need to establish international relations on the basis of the United Nations Charter and the principles established in this framework, foremost of which is the respect for the sovereignty of states and non-interference in the internal affairs of Member States of the United Nations.
For his part, the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, praised Egypt’s hosting of the Climate Change Summit this year, pointing out the importance of this event and the need to seize this renewed opportunity to achieve progress in meeting the special needs of the Arab and African countries that remain more vulnerable and affected by this phenomenon.
The two presidents also discussed the Corona pandemic crisis and its various effects on the health, economic and social conditions around the world.
Finally, the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, renewed his satisfaction for the good reception and hospitality he and his accompanying delegation received in Cairo, and invited his brother, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, to visit Algeria.