Important Visit for Promoting UAE-Algeria Relations
- 18 November 2008
The visit today by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces to Algeria is an important step toward developing and strengthening relations between the UAE and the Algerian Popular Democratic Republic. Many reasons attest to the importance of this visit. First, the UAE gives economic relations great prominence in its foreign relations, as witnessed in the high caliber of public and private officials accompanying His Highness. There usually is a meeting of interest and thus long-lasting relations can defend these interests against crises and interruptions that the UAE tries to prevent regionally and internationally.
Second, UAE-Algerian relations have a long history of strong brotherly ties since the visit to Algeria by the late Zayed bin Sultan Al Nayhan, God rest his soul, in 1971 and that by His Highness President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 1981. Moreover, the UAE has over the years supported Algeria in its war against violence and in its efforts to ensure national reconciliation. Close relations between the two countries' leaderships, especially since the election of President Abdel Aziz bou-Tafliqa in 1999, have also represented a large incentive for more brotherly and effective relations at all levels.
Third, the visit by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed comes after positive developments in relations between the two countries, especially the visit by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa to Algeria in 2007 and that by President bou-Tafliqa to the UAE this past April (2008), as well as reciprocal visits by political, economic, and cultural officials.
Fourth, there are many opportunities for cooperation between the two countries. Statistics show that the trade exchange between the two countries has risen from $227 million in 2002 to $414 million in 2006, averaging a 16% increase annually. There also are possibilities for future economic and trade relations, especially after the current visit by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed.