On 1 November 2018, Algeria commemorates the 64th anniversary of its liberation war, which led to its escape from the colonial night. It is a drained country which, right after its independence, had to embark on the battle for development. Algeria has striven to build a strong nation and achieve global development. At international level, Algeria has distinguished itself by gaining a respected position among other countries, thanks to its positive role in promoting peace, security and international cooperation among all countries. Algeria is an essential partner and an influential voice, whenever it comes to the rights of peoples, peace and development. It is an active member of the international community in the service of global security, regional cooperation and the fight against terrorism under the auspices of the United Nations.
After years of difficulties marked by many crises and various challenges, but also by impressive efforts and successive reforms, the national State has gradually strengthened its capacities to build lasting institutions beyond people and events. This was demonstrated when dark and evil forces were about to destroy it in the 1990s. The State has concentrated its efforts not only in the fight against terrorism, but also in combating the causes of this scourge. Thanks to the policy of national reconciliation, initiated by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and adopted by the vast majority of the people, security and stability have now been restored. In order to increase economic and social development, the State has initiated courageous political, economic and social reforms. All this progress has been reinforced by the new Constitution that came into force in February 2016, and by new laws that have opened up the political field even more to the participation of citizens, especially young people and particularly women, who, according to the law, now hold at least 30% of the seats in elected local and national assemblies. These advances tend to anchor Algeria to democracy and modernity.
With regard to relations between Algeria and Romania, which I would like to recall, they are historical and long-standing since Romania was present at our side during and after our liberation war. Romania remains a “trusted partner” in Europe.
To illustrate the relations between our two countries, I would like to reiterate the words of Mr. Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu, during his visit to Algiers in April this year, who, while recalling that his country will assume the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2019 with a “firm commitment to the southern dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy”, stated that his country considered Algeria, whose economic potential is “huge”, as a “priority and a privileged partner” that will experience “steady” development in the future.
During the four years I spent in Romania, I noticed that the grasping of Algerian realities, which are continuously changing, is limited, as if distance favours lack of knowledge. It is true that the complexity of the transitions it has experienced may explain this difficulty in understanding, sometimes, from the outside, the course of events. Algeria deserves to be better known and understood. Isn’t that the role of an Ambassador, you might ask? This is what I am trying to do, with your help, with this article.