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Rashtrapati Bhavan : 04.07.2016

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of thePeople’s Democratic Republic of Algeria on the eve of their Independence Day (July 05, 2016).

In a message to His Excellency Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the President of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, the President has said, "On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it is with pleasure that I convey warm greetings and felicitations to you and to the friendly people of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria on the occasion of your Independence Day.

India and Algeria have maintained close relations since the era of your struggle for independence. With the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries, our bilateral relations have expanded in various fields of mutual interest.

India sees Algeria as one of the leading economies of Africa and the developing world. Our major companies have been partnering with Algerian entities for more than three decades and have executed some of the important projects in Algeria in cooperation with Algerian counterparts.

My Government was happy to receive your Trade Minister and your Minister of Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League, when they represented Algeria in the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit held in New Delhi in October 2015.

My Minister of State for Petroleum was very happy to host and interact with your Minister of Energy during the 4th India-Africa Hydrocarbon Conference in New Delhi in January 2016.

These interactions have added new dimensions to our multifaceted bilateral cooperation.

I look forward to working with you to strengthen the ties of friendship and cooperation between the Governments and peoples of Algeria and India.”

This release issued at 0910 hrs.