Algeria, China Sign a Strategic Cooperation Plan

Algerian and Chinese foreign ministers sign the first cooperation plan in 2017 (Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Algeria)
Algerian and Chinese foreign ministers sign the first cooperation plan in 2017 (Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Algeria)
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Algeria, China Sign a Strategic Cooperation Plan

Algerian and Chinese foreign ministers sign the first cooperation plan in 2017 (Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Algeria)
Algerian and Chinese foreign ministers sign the first cooperation plan in 2017 (Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Algeria)

Algeria and China have signed the second five-year comprehensive strategic cooperation plan 2022-2026, Algeria’s ministry of foreign affairs and national community abroad said Tuesday in a statement.

This comes one day after the Algerian government submitted an official request to join the political and economic BRICS group that includes Russia and China.

Observers see that this step indicates that Algeria aims to reinforce its choice of allies.

The statement said the pact was signed by Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi

According to the ministry, the plan aims to strengthen bilateral cooperation in different fields, including economy, industry, energy, space, and culture.

“The two sides intend to take the opportunity to implement this five-year plan to deepen practical cooperation between them in all fields, ensure the continuous enrichment of the elements of the comprehensive strategic bilateral partnership, and bring benefits to both friendly countries and peoples”, the statement read.

Both countries launched the first cooperation plan on 7 June 2017, and it was the first of its kind experience for China with an Arab state.

Foreign Ministry official Leyla Zarruki said that Algeria has officially requested to join the BRICS economic group.

Sputnik reported that Moscow welcomed Algeria's intention to join the BRICS, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Tuesday.

"Of course, we welcome the desire of our partners and like-minded people to join the work of such formats as BRICS, SCO [Shanghai Cooperation Organization]. We have a trust-based dialogue with Algeria, it is being maintained," Bogdanov said.

BRICS, an emerging-market group that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, represents approximately 40 percent of the global population and accounts for about 25 percent of the global economy.

Faysal Izdarin, an Algerian researcher in political sociology residing in France, confirmed that Algeria would benefit from joining BRICS and will acquire the required support as part of its plan to diversify the economy and explore investment opportunities.



UN Palestinian Agency Seeks Pushback against Israel's Effort to Disband it 

A Palestinian child navigates through heavy damage to a UNRWA school sheltering displaced persons the day after a nearby house was targeted by Israeli bombardment in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP)
A Palestinian child navigates through heavy damage to a UNRWA school sheltering displaced persons the day after a nearby house was targeted by Israeli bombardment in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP)
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UN Palestinian Agency Seeks Pushback against Israel's Effort to Disband it 

A Palestinian child navigates through heavy damage to a UNRWA school sheltering displaced persons the day after a nearby house was targeted by Israeli bombardment in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP)
A Palestinian child navigates through heavy damage to a UNRWA school sheltering displaced persons the day after a nearby house was targeted by Israeli bombardment in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP)

The head of the United Nations Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) on Monday called to push back against efforts by Israel to have the organization disbanded.

"Israel has long been critical of the agency's mandate. But it now seeks to end UNRWA's operations, dismissing the agency's status as a United Nations entity supported by an overwhelming majority of Member States," UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini said at a meeting of the agency's advisory commission.

"If we do not push back, other UN entities and international organizations will be next, further undermining our multilateral system."