Abdullah bin Zayed UAE - Algeria: Stepping up cooperation 2
WAM >>>>region as a whole." UAE - Algerian Relations The United Arab Emirates and the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria have typically healthy relations which include all aspects of political, economic, investment and cultural cooperation.
These relationships go back to the early seventies, since the second of December 1971, after the announcement of the establishment of the United Arab Emirates, when Algeria was one of the first Arab countries to announce its recognition of the UAE.
At that time, the visits and meetings began between the leaderships of the two countries, through which they established good brotherly relations, focusing on meetings of cooperation and agreement in all fields.
The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, have exchanged a number of mutual visits with Algerian Presidents since the era of the late President Houari Boumediene and subsequent incumbents, until relations reached a peak in mutual cooperation in the current era of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the Algerian President Abdulaziz Bouteflika.
The first meeting between the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the Algerian President Abdulaziz Bouteflika was on 3Ist Aug, 1999.
The close relations between the UAE and Algeria are reflected in two important aspects: the first one is the keen interest of the Presidents of the two countries on expanding elements of cooperation in various fields and the correlation of their views on all Arab and International issues. The second aspect is the active cooperation between the two countries in all investment fields.
President Bouteflika commended the progress being made by the UAE in a short period of time in a statement he made to the Emirates News Agency (WAM) on 39th UAE National Day Anniversary, when he praised the huge achievements achieved by the UAE, especially on political and economic levels.
The Algerian President added that his country exerted efforts to expand and prioritise bilateral cooperation between the two countries and therefore the Algerian government pledged to give extra attention and the required follow-up to UAE investment projects in order to achieve success and create the appropriate atmosphere and circumstances for the mutual benefit of the peoples.
The visits of official delegations have continued between the two countries, during which the most important points for fruitful cooperation have been set up along with the signing of a number of agreements, as well as Memoranda of Understanding (MoU's).
In June 1999, His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, visited Algeria and met with Abdulaziz Bouteflika. He also visited Algeria earlier this year and met with the Algerian President, discussing with him aspects of bilateral relation between the two countries.
Sheikh Mohamed also met with the Algerian Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Energy as well as a number of senior officials.
Last year, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, visited Algeria and met with the Algerian President and senior officials. He discussed with them ways to support cooperation and coordination between the two countries.
The most prominent element of bilateral relations between the UAE and Algeria is the comprehensive economic cooperation between them.
The two countries have signed more than 30 cooperation agreements, including economic, investment, tourism, prevention of double taxation, education, judicial, agriculture, environment, media and many other areas within the framework of the meetings of the joint UAE-Algerian Committee, the last session, which was held in Abu Dhabi on 13th of May 2013, under the Chairmanship of Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy and Kareem Judi, Algerian Finance Minister, in which they discussed the necessity of strengthening bilateral relations between the two sisterly nations, practically on the economic, trade and investment levels and work in order to raise the value of trade exchange and to remove the investment obstacles.