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15 April 2024, 14:23

Belarus, Algeria mull over opening embassies, launching aid service 

MINSK, 15 April (BelTA) - Belarus and Algeria are studying the possibility of opening embassies and launching direct flights, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Aleinik told the media following the talks with Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad, Ahmed Attaf in Algiers on 14 April, BelTA has learned.

"We are actively studying the possibility of launching direct flights between the capitals of Algeria and Belarus and opening opening embassies for closer cooperation across the entire range of issues," the Belarusian minister said.

He said that the parties reached a number of important agreements to further bilateral ties between the countries. The first meeting of the Belarusian-Algerian Joint Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation will be held in 2024. An agreement was reached to hold the next round of Belarusian-Algerian political consultations by April 2025.

"We hold similar positions regarding the inadmissibility of abusing the  human rights mechanisms by Western countries and using unilateral coercive pressure on sovereign states," Sergei Aleinik said.

Belarus is ready to promote industrial cooperation with Algeria. "Belarusian technologies have long been known in your country, and we will be glad to work together with Algerian partners to develop access to wide African markets,” the minister noted

The parties also addressed food security issues, noting that the right of access to food has been recognized as an inalienable human right. "In this regard, we are ready to advance our cooperation with Algeria as a leading country in North Africa in the field of agriculture, water technologies, food processing and trade," Sergei Aleinik assured.

According to him, the parties also agreed to work on the exchange of visits, including the visits of the Belarusian president and the prime minister to Algeria, and Algeria’s ministers of industry and agriculture  to Minsk.
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