President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune and his Portuguese counterpart Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa underlined Tuesday, in Lisbon (Portugal), a full convergence of views between the two countries on different regional and international issues, stressing the depth of historical relations between Algeria and Portugal.
In a joint statement to the press, President Tebboune said that he held with Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa “fruitful, open and honest talks which highlighted the depth of the political relations, and which enabled strengthening the regular political consultations mirroring the multifaceted partnership between the two countries, in a complex regional and international context.”
“We reaffirm our commitment to the Treaty of friendship, good neighbourliness and cooperation signed between the two countries in 2005,” said President Tebboune, underlining that “the two countries will celebrate the 210th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship signed between the Regency of Algiers and Portugal, and which paved the way for the establishment of multifaceted relations.”
The President of the Republic said that the bilateral discussions, broadened to the members of the two countries’ delegations, emphasized a full convergence of views on all the regional and international issues, notably the situation in Libya, Mali, Sahel, Western Sahara and in the Palestinian territories, as well as what is happening between the two friendly countries Ukraine and Russia.”
In this regard, the President of the Republic underlined that “Algeria aspires, like Portugal, to peace in Ukraine and Russia, as well as the settlement of Western Sahara’s issue in accordance with the resolutions of the United Nations and of the Security Council.”
“We have reaffirmed our total support to the Palestinian cause,” he said, adding that “Algeria’s position is clear in this regard, it calls for the solution of the two States and the establishment of the State of Palestine within the borders of 1967, with al-Quds as capital.”
Concerning the Algerian-Portuguese relations, the President of the Republic underlined Algeria’s willingness to intensify them and to extend them to include all the fields.”
Algeria “is currently heading towards the building of a real democracy for the people and the construction of a non-hydrocarbon economy, an economy of intelligence, knowledge and startups,” he added.
The President of the Republic invited his Portuguese counterpart to visit Algeria “soon.”
For his part, the Portuguese President welcomed the “strong” relations between the two countries, hailing Algeria’s historical role in the strengthening of democracy in his country.
He said that President Tebboune’s visit to Portugal will enable promoting the bilateral cooperation relations “to a higher level, notably in the diplomatic, security and economic cooperation, like the sectors of the renewable energy, tourism and education,” expecting a “promising future for the Algerian-Portuguese relations.”
He reaffirmed his country’s “firm diplomatic positions” vis-à-vis all the international issues, and his support to the moves of the United Nations and its General Secretary for the implementation of the principles of the international law.
Portugal’s President reaffirmed also his country’s firm stance regarding the issue of Western Sahara, pointing out that his country respects and backs the role of the United Nations as well as its decisions on this issue, and works for the implementation of the principles of democracy in this regard.”