0150 GMT February 21, 2019
The 64th anniversary of Algeria’s 1954 Revolution was celebrated in a ceremony in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Tuesday.
The function was attended by the Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami as well as foreign diplomats and ambassadors in Tehran.
Also known as the Algerian War of Independence, the Algerian Revolution was an important decolonization war between the Algerian National Liberation Front and France from November 1954 to March 1962, which led to Algeria gaining independence from the European state.
Addressing the ceremony, Algerian Ambassador to Iran Abdelmoun’aam Ahriz said, “Today, we commemorate the 64th anniversary of the outbreak of the Algerian Revolution, which allowed our people to restore their national sovereignty at the heavy cost of the sacrifice of over 10 million martyrs, during 132 years of a long colonial night.
“In this day, we also celebrate a unique revolution which has been a source of inspiration for freedom-loving people all over the world, a revolution which has been taken as a model by oppressed people in their struggle for liberation and emancipation from colonialism and apartheid.”
He added that Algeria has constantly reiterated her conviction, inspired by the struggle of her people and drawn from her own experience, that in the pursuit of a solution to a conflict, there is no better approach than that which promotes political solutions, through ownership by the concerned parties and through inclusive dialogue, without external interference and within the respect of national sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.
In accordance with this conviction and with the aim of promoting this approach and strengthening cooperation, Ahriz said, Algeria maintains cordial relations and holds regular political consultations with all brotherly countries of the region.
“It is in this framework that Algerian Foreign Minister [Abdelkader Messahel] met his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last September.”
In addition to these regular political consultations and with regard to the role that culture plays in bringing people and civilizations closer together, Algeria and Iran have paid particular attention to cooperation in this field.
He noted that today, cultural cooperation between our two countries is entering the phase of effective realization of joint projects, as attested by the Iranian participation in the production of the film dedicated to the life of the Algerian Ahmed Bey — the last Ottoman Bey of Constantine, in the Regency of Algiers, ruling from 1826 to 1848 — and the project of rehabilitation of old movie theaters in Algeria, with the help of Iran, which has a rich and proven experience and expertise in this area.
“In terms of economic cooperation and despite the presence of impediments that are beyond the will of our two countries, we are witnessing an increase in the number of small Iranian companies that are active in Algeria. This could lead to a better future despite all the difficulties and obstacles.”
Addressing the same ceremony, Eslami congratulated Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the Algerian nation, Ahriz and the staff of the Algerian Embassy in Tehran on their National Day.
“We, Iranians, have continually kept a precious memory of your revolution. Young Iranian revolutionaries, as well as those of other countries, commemorate the resistance and struggle of the Algerian nation and consider it one of the symbols of resistance.”
He stressed that the victory of the Algerian Revolution over colonialism and oppression, which was the result of an eight-year struggle and the sacrifice of over 1.5 million martyrs, gave hope to countries and people subject to injustice committed by external powers, reassuring them that victory and independence may be achieved through unity and endeavor, and by maintaining human and Islamic goals.
The Iranian minister added that in his recent message on the occasion of the November 1 Revolution, Bouteflika reiterated that the country could not progress without adherence to the fundamental goals of the revolution.
His message contains important and valuable points for developing countries of the Muslim world, he stressed.
“The key to victory and progress in countries such as Iran and Algeria, which have a brilliant history of revolution and resistance against the bullying of foreign powers, is their adherence to principles of independence and fighting against oppression and colonialism as well as injustice.”
While stressing these principles in its foreign policy, he said, Iran always supports regional and international peace and stability and believes that all countries should be provided with security without any discrimination and through collaboration and multilateralism on the international scene.
Eslami added it is not just to provide a limited number of countries with security while spreading insecurity in others.
“For this very reason, we strongly oppose unilateralism, sanctions and imposing views [on other states] in favor of one or a few countries.”
He said adherence to the objectives and fundamentals of the revolution, endeavoring to establish peace and stability as well as the use of legal frameworks and international norms have prepared the ground for close cooperation between Iran and Algeria.
The minister noted that this has caused the two states to hold close stances on many regional and global issues, such as supporting the world’s Muslims and cooperating effectively in regional and international organizations.
He added Iran and Algeria have always had remarkable ties in economic fields such as exporting technical and engineering services, the housing sector, the automotive industry, implementation of infrastructure projects, and the production of pharmaceuticals.
“We believe that the two countries’ great economic potentials have prepared the ground for further progress in their bilateral collaborations, particularly within the framework of their Joint Economic Commission.”