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Chairman of Algeria-Russia Friendship Committee in the Algerian parliament Abdel Salam Bashagha stresses that the mutual visits between Algerian and Russian officials embody the value of traditional bilateral relations.

Bashagha said to Sputnik on Monday, December 11, that “this dynamism comes as an appreciation for the traditional bilateral relations, which strengthened after the recent state visit of President Tebboune to Moscow earlier this year.”

He added that “Algeria and Moscow aim to deepen their bilateral relations, primarily focusing on supporting economic cooperation.”

Bashagha noted that “the joint high-level committee between the two countries is working to enhance economic cooperation through the signing of agreements and monitoring the implementation of previously concluded agreements.”

He added “official reciprocal visits between Algeria and Russia continue and always follow the common agenda for each sector.”

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia values Algeria’s balanced political approach and that Russian-Algerian cooperation is progressing well.

Putin, during the ceremony of presenting credentials to foreign ambassadors in Russia, stated: “Russian-Algerian trade and economic cooperation is progressing well, and the trade volume has already exceeded two billion dollars. Humanitarian relations are continually expanding, and we appreciate the balanced foreign policy approach of the Algerian leadership.”

Algerian Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments Youcef Belmehdi, started a 4-day working visit to Russia last Sunday, within the framework of coordination and cooperation between the two countries in religious affairs.

From November 25 to 29, Algeria hosted the 21st session of the joint Russian-Algerian inter-governmental commission for military-technical cooperation. Following the session, Algerian Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Said Chengriha, met with Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation of Russia Dmitry Shugaev to discuss bilateral military cooperation and ways to diversify it.

On November 28 in Algeria, a cooperation protocol was signed between the Algerian Ministry of Justice and the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office. Algerian Minister of Justice Abderrachid Tabbi and Prosecutor-General of the Russian Federation Igor Krasnov signed the protocol.

In mid-June, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune held talks in Moscow, signing a joint declaration outlining various areas of bilateral cooperation. Putin described it as opening a “new, more advanced stage” in their relationship.

Both presidents pledged to develop direct communication between their national financial and banking institutions, increase reliance on national currencies in trade, and create secure and independent banking channels across borders.

In August, , Algerian Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Said Chengriha, visited Russia and held talks with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. During the discussions, Shoigu emphasized the dynamic and positive development of Russian-Algerian relations and expressed Russia’s interest in Algeria’s leading role in North African security, offering assistance in enhancing the combat capabilities of the Algerian Armed Forces.

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