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Congratulations to President of Algeria Abdelaziz Bouteflika

March 26, 2012

Dmitry Medvedev sent congratulations to President of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria Abdelaziz Bouteflika on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Algeria and Russia.

The President of Russia’s message reads, in part:

“This year, our nations are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Algeria. And I am particularly pleased that, as we noted during our recent telephone conversation, the provisions of the 2001 Declaration on Strategic Partnership are being gradually implemented. Our political dialogue, cooperation on security issues, and our fight against terrorism and organized crime are gaining strength. We are broadening mutually beneficial ties in trade and economic, energy, military technical, cultural and humanitarian, and other sectors.

We are strengthening the practice of coordinating our actions in the international arena. It is a pleasure to remark that many of Russia and Algeria’s approaches to the current situation in the Middle East and North Africa are the same or similar. Overall, in supporting the process of transformation in the region, we seek to ensure that it is peaceful and developmental, determined by the Arab peoples themselves, without any ready-made formulas imposed or foreign interference threatening an emergence of new zones of political and ethnic and religious instability. This fundamental attitude is also reflected in our approach to the dramatic events in Syria.”

The message was transmitted by the President of Russia’s Special Envoy for the Middle East and Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov during his visit to Algeria.

March 26, 2012