President of Mother Syria Assembly (MSA) Dr. Mahmoud al-Ark stressed MSA desire to improve relations between Syria and Algeria in various fields for the benefit of the two brotherly peoples.
During his meeting with the Ambassador of Algeria in Damascus, Mr. Saleh Boucha, with a delegation representing MSA on April 4, 2017, Dr. al-Irk said the aim of the visit is to introduce MSA and benefit from the Algerian experience in the fight against terrorism, since Algeria had a hard experience with terrorism between 1988-1992.
He said administrative errors had helped the influence of the aspirants and led to a vertical and horizontal breach among people, and that Syria was dragged to a war of attrition, where the only loser is the Syrian, the economic situation is being exhausted and the society is torn, noting the role of “MSA” in maintaining national reconciliation in certain Syrian areas and in the re-run of gas lines that have been subjected to terrorist attacks.
He noted the consequences of the terrorist war on Syria at the political, military and economic levels, pointing out that Syria and Algeria have common challenges in the struggle against organized terrorism and that the Syrian people have decided to confront it.
In turn, Algeria’s ambassador to Syria, Saleh Boucha, said that Algeria rejects any interference in the internal affairs of Syria, calling for finding political solutions to the Syrian crisis.
He stressed that Syria was one of the first Arab states to support the Algerian cause politically in regional and international forums until it gained independence, and this motivated the Algerian authorities to stand by Syria and reject any political or military interference to resolve the current crisis in Syria. He also stressed that Algeria reserved decisions taken against Syria, pointing out that Algeria position is against terrorism in Syria since the beginning of the crisis and has warned of its spread to other countries
Ambassador Boucha stressed Algeria’s stand , which calls for resolving the crisis in Syria politically and in a way that ensures the unity and independence of Syria and the prevention of all forms of external interference in its internal affairs. He stressed Algeria’s desire to accelerate the pace of bilateral economic relations and increase the volume of trade exchange, stressing that the Syrian-Algerian relations are as old as history. He mentioned that a former Algerian ambassador in Syria wrote the book” Algerians in the Levant from the 11th century until 1955 , highlighting 10 centuries of communications between Syria and Algeria.
He said that Prince Abdelkader Al-Jazairi, who chose Damascus as an optional exile after his struggle against the French occupation, lived in the Salhia neighborhood of Damascus and was buried in Salhia Mosque before his remains were transferred to Algeria in the 1960s.
“None of the terrorists who fought Syria, are Algerians “, the ambassador noted, adding ” because we were plagued by terrorism in the 1990s, we did not want this to happen in Syria. We were keen to have Algeria always in Syria and the embassy was not closed and I have been in Damascus for nine years and we continued to provide facilities, despite the lack of trade.”
He expressed keenness to communicate with Syria and with all components of the Syrian people, noting ” We are with the Syrian government and people, and do not differentiate between the Syrians, with a sacred principle that we do not have relations with opposition from abroad and non-interference in Syrian internal affairs. “
He indicated the conspiracy being hatched against Syria , adding ” we have tried in the Arab world not to be in the anti-Syrian ranks and rejected all the resolutions against it, especially the decision to suspend Syria’s membership to the Arab League in 2011 , as a violation of AL charter in which Syria is a founding member.
Ambassador Boucha reiterated the importance of reaching new means and mechanisms to activate economic cooperation between Syria and Algeria. He pointed out that the exchange rate between the two countries was estimated at 600 million dollars until 2010 in textile, food and oil derivatives sectors, but declined as a result of the crisis in Syria to be between USA 10 – 20 million , and that trade balance was in favor of Syria before the crisis.