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Message from Ambassador on the occasion of 65th Anniversary of the Republic Day on 26th January, 2015

 

             I have the honour to convey my greetings to all my fellow Indians in Algeria and my brothers and sisters from Algeria on this 65th Anniversary of India’s Republic Day.

 2.         India and Algeria have very deep and historical bilateral relations which have been strengthened over the period of past five decades.  The history of our relationship dates back to the summer of 1926 when Pandit Nehru, who later became the first Prime Minister of independent India, met with Masalli Hadj an eminent Algerian nationalist in Geneva.  Our contacts remained highly positive during Algeria’s revolution against colonialism and India recognized Algeria as a nation for its participation in Bandung Summit in 1955.  The National Liberation Front (FLN) opened its bureau in New Delhi in 1959 when Farhat Abbas visited India to inaugurate it.  Since Algeria gained independence in 1962, our two countries have marched and strived together in the areas of Non Alignment, South South Cooperation, anti-Apartheid and anti-colonial struggle.  Apart from the cooperation in political and multilateral fora, India and Algeria have also strengthened their relations in commercial and economic, cultural and scientific and technological arenas.

 3.         In November last year, the Second India-Arab Cultural Festival was held at various locations in Algeria which included Algiers, Tlemcen, Annaba, Tipaza, Boumerdas, Tizi Ozou and Djelfa and Chlef.  Ten Arab countries and India participated in this Festival.  About 40 artists came from India and showed their skills in dancing, singing, choreography, artisanship, Quran recital etc.  An exhibition on India’s Islamic heritage, a film festival and a food festival was also simultaneously held.  However, the star attraction of the Festival was a joint performance by Indian Cultural troupe “Sadhya” with Algerian National ballet.  It was a perfect synthesis of dancing movements, both Algerian and Indian, playing to the rhythm of Indian and Algerian music, which dazzled thousands of spectators at three locations namely Algiers, Tlemcen and Annaba.  This came through just after a joint practice of one week which was preceded by a visit of two Algerian choreographers to India for about ten days.  This indicates the cultural proximity which we have with Algeria where “Jane tu” is still a popular song despite the decades passed. 

 4.         India unilaterally, without getting an official request from the Algerian side, assisted with a donation of two million units of vaccine against the Foot and Mouth disease of cattle in the wake of the spread of this deadly disease in some parts of Algeria.  Needless to state that this gesture on the part of Indian Government and its people was highly appreciated by the Algerian Government.

 5.         A high level delegation from Algeria went and participated in the second Arab India Business Forum Meet held in New Delhi in November, 2014.  A five member delegation from Department of Veterinary Services visited India and short-listed 18 Indian suppliers of Bovine frozen meat for supplies to Algeria.  India has become the largest source of this commodity for Algeria in just a span of four years.  India’s trade with Algeria has risen to more than two billion US dollars and India stands 10th largest trading partner of Algeria.

 5.         India is going to participate as “Guest of Honour” country for the Algerian International Trade Fair 2015 to be held in May, 2015 this year.  About 50 Indian companies are expected to participate and exhibit their wares and services at the Trade Fair.

 6.         I once again take this opportunity to felicitate my fellow citizens in Algeria and all Algerians on this occasion of the 65th anniversary of India’s Republic Day.                                                                              

                                                                                                             (K.S. Bhardwaj)                                                                                                                                    Ambassador

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Message from Ambassador for Special Supplement on Republic Day 2014

On the occasion of 64th Anniversary of India’s Republic Day, I greet all the Indian citizens in Algeria and all Algerians.

2. India and Algeria have very strong and historical bilateral relations. This is evident from the fact that when Algeria celebrated its 50 Years of Independence last year, it was the 50th Anniversary of Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between India and Algeria.  In fact, these relations even go prior to both countries gaining independence when in 1926 Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who became later the first Prime Minister of Independent India, met Dr. Messali Hadji in Geneva in an International Conference against Colonialism in 1926.  India recognized Algeria as a nation in the Bandung Summit and the first Bureau of Algeria was opened in New Delhi in 1959 by Farhat Abbas.

3. After their respective independence, the two nations have worked together in the area of Non-Alignment, South-South Cooperation, Anti-Apartheid and Anti-Colonial Struggle, etc.  At multilateral fora, both countries have identical views for betterment of the developing and underdeveloped countries, and have cooperated with each other.  The shining examples of this cooperation are Algeria’s support for India’s Non-Permanent Membership of the UN Security Council and the recent support provided by India for Algeria’s election to the UN Council for Human Rights. 

4. On commercial and economic front, both countries have done well with each other though still a large potential exists.  India is an energy-deficit country, whereas Algeria has surplus oil and natural gas.  There is also possibility of establishing joint ventures for production of natural fertilizers for captive export to India.  India can also assist Algeria in the field of construction, pharmaceuticals, information & communication technology, development of infrastructure, power transmission, railways and hospitality industry.  A roadmap for further development of cooperation between India and Algeria was proposed by the Indian Minister of State for External Affairs, H.E. Mr. E. Ahamad to Algerian Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Abdelmalek Sellal during the former’s visit to Algeria in April 2013.  A delegation from Algerian Oil, Natural Gas and Fertilizers sectors also visited India in the month of June last year, and a high-level Defence Delegation was in New Delhi in October 2013.

5.  India and Algeria had their 4th Session of Foreign Office Consultations in Algiers in October 2013, where views were exchanged at the level of Director Generals of their respective Foreign Ministries.  India is likely to participate as a Guest of Honour for the 2015 Algiers International Trade Fair.

6. On the cultural front, there have been in the past exchanges of cultural troupes, and we wish to maintain this rhythm since Indian culture is well known in Algeria, especially through Bollywood films, and ‘Jaane Tu’ is almost a national song in Algeria.  We also wish to host a Festival of Algerian Cinema in India.  Needless to state that ‘Battle of Algiers’ is well known with Indian movie-lovers.

7. I take this opportunity, once again, to greet my fellow citizens in Algeria and my Algerian brothers & sisters on this occasion of the 64th Anniversary of India’s Republic Day.  I also wish the Algerian Football team best of their performance in the forthcoming World Cup in Brazil.

 

                                                                                           (K.S. Bhardwaj)                                                                                                                                        Ambassador

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Speech by Ambassador at Republic Day Reception at Hotel Hilton


 On the occasion of 64th Anniversary of India’s Republic Day, I greet all the Indian citizens in Algeria and all Algerians.

2. India and Algeria have very strong and historical bilateral relations. This is evident from the fact that when Algeria celebrated its 50 Years of Independence last year, it was the 50th Anniversary of Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between India and Algeria.  In fact, these relations even go prior to both countries gaining independence when in 1926 Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who became later the first Prime Minister of Independent India, met Dr. Messali Hadji in Geneva in an International Conference against Colonialism in 1926.  India recognized Algeria as a nation in the Bandung Summit and the first Bureau of Algeria was opened in New Delhi in 1959 by Farhat Abbas.

 

3.         After their respective independence, the two nations have worked together in the area of Non-Alignment, South-South Cooperation, Anti-Apartheid and Anti-Colonial Struggle, etc.  At multilateral fora, both countries have identical views for betterment of the developing and underdeveloped countries, and have cooperated with each other.  The shining examples of this cooperation are Algeria’s support for India’s Non-Permanent Membership of the UN Security Council and the recent support provided by India for Algeria’s election to the UN Council for Human Rights. 

4. On commercial and economic front, both countries have done well with each other though still a large potential exists.  India is an energy-deficit country, whereas Algeria has surplus oil and natural gas.  There is also possibility of establishing joint ventures for production of natural fertilizers for captive export to India.  India can also assist Algeria in the field of construction, pharmaceuticals, information & communication technology, development of infrastructure, power transmission, railways and hospitality industry.  A roadmap for further development of cooperation between India and Algeria was proposed by the Indian Minister of State for External Affairs, H.E. Mr. E. Ahamad to Algerian Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Abdelmalek Sellal during the former’s visit to Algeria in April 2013.  A delegation from Algerian Oil, Natural Gas and Fertilizers sectors also visited India in the month of June last year, and a high-level Defence Delegation was in New Delhi in October 2013.

5. India and Algeria had their 4th Session of Foreign Office Consultations in Algiers in October 2013, where views were exchanged at the level of Director Generals of their respective Foreign Ministries.  India is likely to participate as a Guest of Honour for the 2015 Algiers International Trade Fair.

6. On the cultural front, there have been in the past exchanges of cultural troupes, and we wish to maintain this rhythm since Indian culture is well known in Algeria, especially through Bollywood films, and ‘Jaane Tu’ is almost a national song in Algeria.  We also wish to host a Festival of Algerian Cinema in India.  Needless to state that ‘Battle of Algiers’ is well known with Indian movie-lovers.

7.  I take this opportunity, once again, to greet my fellow citizens in Algeria and my Algerian brothers & sisters on this occasion of the 64th Anniversary of India’s Republic Day.  I also wish the Algerian Football team best of their performance in the forthcoming World Cup in Brazil.

 

 

                                                                                (K.S. Bhardwaj)                                                    Ambassador                                                       

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Message from Ambassador for Special Supplement on Republic Day 2013

On the event of 67th Anniversary of India’s Independence, I take this opportunity to convey my greetings to all the Indians in Algeria and my Algerian brothers and sisters.  We have just concluded the commemoration of Algeria’s 50th Anniversary of Independence and have completed 50 years of Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between India and Algeria.  I look back at these 50 years as a great achievement by Algeria as an independent nation and consolidation of the historical bilateral relations between India and Algeria.  I also convey my best wishes, although a bit late on Eid, which came after the holy month of Ramadan to all fellow Algerians and Indians.  I must remind you that Ramadan & Eid are celebrated in India with great fervor since we have nearly 150 million Muslims in India, the second largest in the world after Indonesia.

2. India and Algeria have historical and close relations which have further been strengthened over the years.  One just has to open the pages of history to find the evidences of the cordial relations between our two countries.

3. India and Algeria have both walked the way through Non-Alignment, South-South Cooperation and North-South Dialogue and Removal of Colonialism.  We have always cooperated and collaborated in various international and multinational fora including the United Nations.

4. In April 2013, H.E. Mr. E. Ahamed, Indian Minister of State for External Affairs visited Algeria.  This visit in particular has further strengthened our relationship.  He had very close interaction with H.E. Mr. Abdelmalek Sellal, Prime Minister of Algeria and H.E. Mr. Mourad Medelci, Minister of Foreign Affairs.  During the discussions, it was resolved that India and Algeria should exploit the potential further which exists in the commercial & economic field, especially in the energy sector and information & communication technology.  A delegation from SONATRACH visited India during the month of June and a Defence Delegation is likely to visit India soon.

5. Trade between India and Algeria has remained stable though considerable potential exists to further improve.

6. To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Algeria’s Independence, we brought Bollywood troupe in January, 2013 which performed in various places in Algeria to more than capacity audiences.  This year also, we wish to bring more cultural troupes from India to further deepen the people-to-people contacts.

7. I once again take this opportunity to greet all the Indians in Algeria and my Algerian friends on the occasion of the 67th Anniversary of India’s Independence.

 

 

                                                                                                              (K.S. Bhardwaj)                                                                                Ambassador

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Message from Ambassador on Republic Day 2013

I take this opportunity to greet all the Indian citizens in Algeria and all Algerians on this occasion of 63rd Anniversary of India’s Proclamation as a Republic.  This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Algeria’s Independence and also commemorates the 50 Years of Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between India and Algeria.  Various events are being held to mark these celebrations. 

 

2.         India and Algeria have historical relations which go beyond 50 years.  The annals of history provide evidence of contacts between Indian and Algerian nationalists even before 1962 and 1947 when both Algeria and India gained independence from colonial powers respectively.

 

3.         The two nations have worked together after independence in the area of Non-Alignment, South-South Cooperation, Anti-Apartheid and Anti-Colonial Struggle.  We have collaborated at various multilateral fora including the United Nations, World Bank, IMF etc. for the betterment of the developing countries.

 

4.         To mark the 50th Anniversary of Algeria’s Independence and to celebrate the 50 Years of our Diplomatic Relations, we are bringing in various cultural troupes which included Manipuri Thangta Cultural Troupe which performed at Algiers, Bejaia and Kolea (Tipaza).  On 26th January 2013 itself, we are going to have a 12-member Dance Troupe inspired by ‘Bollywood’, the world’s largest cinema industry, which is also celebrating its 100 years since the first Indian film, ‘Raja Harishchandra’ was produced in 1913.  This Troupe is going to perform in addition to Algiers, at Tizi Ouzou, Constantine, Batna and Kolea (Tipaza).  We are also having an Indian Food Festival commencing from 26th January at Hotel Sofitel, where the ‘Bollywood’ Troupe would also perform on 27th, 28th and 29th January 2013.  We are also planning to have a Film Festival marking the 100 years of Indian Cinema.  An Algerian Sufi Troupe performed in India in November 2012.

 

5.         On commercial and economic front, our trade has crossed US$3.5 billion and India is now the 10th largest economic and commercial partner with Algeria.  We are also working on establishing a joint venture for production of chemical fertilizers based on natural gas in Algeria.  There are 15 Indian companies working in Algeria in diverse fields like pharmaceuticals, construction, power transmission, railways and hospitality industry.  We just had a delegation from the Engineering Export Promotion Council of India which had a Buyer-Seller Meet in Algiers on 14-15 January 2013 with its Algerian counterparts.  India also participated in the Algeria-Expo with about 20 companies taking part.  However, a tremendous potential exists to further increase contacts and contracts in commercial and economic domain, and especially in the field of Information Technology, civil construction and pharmaceuticals.

 

6.         I take this opportunity, once again, to greet all the Indians in Algeria and my Algerian brothers & sisters on this occasion of the 63rd Anniversary of India’s Republic Day.

 

 

 

                                                                               (K.S. Bhardwaj)

                                                                                                  Ambassador


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