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Xi Jinping remembers Abdelaziz Bouteflika as an old friend of China

Xi Jinping remembers Abdelaziz Bouteflika as an old friend of China

Beijing, Sep 20 (Prensa Latina) President Xi Jinping conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the government of Algeria for the death of former president of Algeria Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and said that the people of China lost an old friend with his passing.
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Jinping also remembered Bouteflika as a prominent statesman and leader of the national liberation movements both in his homeland and in the entire Arab world and Africa.

He highlighted his contributions to restoring China’s legitimate seat in the United Nations, developing bilateral relations and deepening mutually beneficial cooperation.

Xi Jinping took advantage of the message to ratify China’s high appreciation to the traditional friendship with Algeria and the willingness to work with the current President Abdelmadjid Tebboune in expanding exchanges to more strategic sectors.

In addition to the President of China, the Foreign Ministry of China issued a statement of condolence for the death of Bouteflika, last Friday.

Abdelaziz Bouteflika was president of Algeria from 1999 to 2019 and is recognized for his trajectory in the fight for independence from the French colonial regime and contributing to the development as a sovereign territory.

In the international sphere, he played an important role in the consolidation of organizations such as the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries and the Group of 77. He was elected president of the UN General Assembly in 1974, from where he denounced South Africa’s policy of apartheid.

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