The Algerian embassy in Ankara celebrated the 60th anniversary of the country’s independence on Tuesday at a reception.
The event, which commemorates the end of French occupation in the North African country, brought together senior Turkish officials and foreign diplomats.
Algeria’s ambassador to Ankara, Sufian Mimouni, said he was “happy to see a strong participation of Turkish brothers and sisters in the event”.
“The fraternal relations between Turkey and Algeria have recently experienced a new impetus,” Mimouni said, adding that they “have laid new foundations for the development of strategic ties and opened wide horizons for Algerian-Turkish cooperation. in the political, cultural and economic spheres”.
He said Algeria’s Independence Day culminated after a “long journey of struggle for our people against colonial rule”.
“The Algerian people rose up against the colonizer and sacrificed millions of people on their way to total liberation,” he said.
Relations between two countries
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu stressed that Turkey and Algeria are allied and friendly countries “linked by a common history, culture and values for five centuries”.
He said that relations between Ankara and Algeria “continue to develop and strengthen every day”, and that all this gained new momentum with the Algerian president’s latest visit to Turkey.
“This visit allowed us to assess new opportunities for cooperation in many fields, from transport to culture, from mining to education and from industry to tourism,” he said. “In this context, we are particularly pleased with the signing of the memorandum of understanding in the field of public works, which concerns our ministry.
The Turkish minister said the North African country is one of Turkey’s most important trading partners. “We are maintaining our efforts to reach $10 billion in bilateral trade volume, which reached $4.2 billion in 2021, and aimed to be defined by our president.”
Karaismailogğu commemorated “the martyrs, who sacrificed their lives for the independence of Algeria”, while expressing “great joy” to be with Algerians at the event.
France occupied Algeria in 1830, which had been under the rule of the Ottoman Empire for centuries.
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Algeria, which represents the most recent and bloodiest example of France’s colonial history on the African continent, began its war of independence on November 1, 1954, which cost almost 1.5 million of lives.
France’s 132 years of occupation and colonial rule ended on July 5, 1962.
During the eight years of struggle for independence, Algeria was recognized as one of the countries that paid the highest price for the cause. The great pain experienced has gone down in history as a “black mark” left by France during its withdrawal from Africa.