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China and Algeria highlight bilateral friendship

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Beijing, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) During a meeting with his Algerian counterpart, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Chinese President Xi Jinping today highlighted the friendship between China and Algeria.

Both sides agreed on the good state of bilateral relations and discussed international and regional issues, as well as other common interests, according to a CGTN report.

Abdelmadjid Tebboune arrived in China yesterday for a five-day state visit during which talks on practical cooperation within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative are planned.

Also, the delegation is expected to discuss Algeria’s interest in joining the BRICS group (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), according to experts.

In 2014 that nation established a comprehensive strategic partnership with Beijing, becoming the first Arab country to do so.

Both sides celebrated in 2018 the 60th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic ties.

Along with South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Algeria is the North African country with the tightest economic ties with China.

In this regard, CGTN reported that bilateral trade reached $9.4 billion in January 2023.

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