New Era (Windhoek)

5 November 2012

Namibia: Algeria, Namibia Enjoy Good Relations

Windhoek — Algerian Ambassador to Namibia Lahcene Kaid-Slimane says Algeria and Namibia enjoy excellent political relations and share a tradition of consultation with a great convergence of views on issues of common interest.

Speaking on the occasion of the Algerian national day, the 58th anniversary of the Algerian Revolution, he noted that the two countries enjoy historical ties dating back to the liberation struggle and the fight against colonialism.

"Algeria is proud of its support to Swapo in the struggle for liberation. We hosted a Swapo office in Algiers, supplied it with the first arms and deployed diplomatic support," Kaid-Slimane informed diplomats who attended the event.

"We have a good cooperation in higher education - 120 Namibian students study in Algeria now in many scientific fields. I wish to emphasise that Algeria provided training for 45 000 African students since its independence," he said.

The Ambassador said Algeria is always happy to express its friendly admiration for Namibia for realising important economic and social developments. Kaid-Slimane reiterated the desire of the Algerian government to consolidate its bilateral relations with Namibia.

He said Algeria remains in the forefront of all the actions that defend the political and economic interests of Africa and reinforce the unity of Africa.

"There is a multitude of challenges, from a few hundred students in 1962 to 10 million going to school now, from 300 to 700 hospitals, from 4 to 25 airports, from 30 percent to nearly 100 percent for national electrification," he noted.

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