ALGIERS – Thursday, 16 March 2023 (APS) – The 6th session of the Algeria-Poland political consultations took place Wednesday in Algiers under the co-chairmanship of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad, Amar Belani, and Poland’s Undersecretary of State for Development Cooperation and Africa and the Middle East Policy, Pawel Jablonski, said the Ministry in a statement.

This meeting allowed both parties to discuss the bilateral relations as a whole and the prospects of promoting them further under the political and economic reforms undertaken by Algeria and in the light of current geopolitical changes, it was explained.

“The fruitful and extensive talks reflected the excellence of bilateral political dialogue based on friendship and mutual respect and a real shared will to boost the economic and trade partnership between Algeria and Poland, under the guidelines of the two Presidents of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune and his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda,” said the source.

According to the same source, “the two officials agreed to boost cooperation between Algeria and Poland in the fields of agriculture, energy, industry, and ICTs, through the opportunities and benefits offered by the new law on investment, in terms of legal stability, transparency and easing of administrative procedures and tax facilities.”

The international and regional political issues of common interest were also on the agenda of discussions between the two officials, including the conflict in Western Sahara, the situation in Libya, the Sahel, and the Middle East, as well as the crisis in Ukraine, said the source.

The two parties expressed their “great satisfaction” with the “broad convergence of their views”, including their firm commitment to the values and principles of the UN Charter, the scrupulous compliance with international law and international legality, and the peaceful settlement of conflicts.

Moreover, they expressed their firm rejection of “all discriminatory and asymmetric treatments that are at the root of the current vulnerabilities of the collective security architecture.”

“The Polish official affirmed that his country does not accept double standards, whether it is the Palestinian issue or the issue of Western Sahara,” the statement said.

Regarding the conflict in the Middle East, the two sides stressed the need for the international community to work for the two-state solution, which remains the only way to resolve the conflict between Palestine and the Zionist entity and, ultimately, ensure peace and security in the region.”

In this same vein, the Polish official welcomed the “commendable” efforts made by Algeria to unify the ranks of Palestinians and reactivate the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 at the Arab Summit in Algiers, as a prelude to resuming negotiations between the parties to the conflict.

As for the conflict in Western Sahara, Jablonski underlined “the commitment of his country to the UN process for the settlement of this issue based on a lasting and mutually acceptable solution, under the relevant UN resolutions on the matter and international legality.”

Speaking about the situation in the Sahel, he welcomed the “key role” of Algeria in the stabilization of this sensitive region. 

The Polish official said he “fully agrees with the Algerian holistic approach to address the root causes of insecurity in the Sahel, which takes into account both security aspects and socio-economic development needs.” 

Jablonski was accompanied by a high-level delegation that includes the Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Krzysztof Cieciora, and representatives of several sectors, including energy and food industry. 

On the sidelines of this 6th session of political consultations, a business forum and B2B meetings were held to allow greater interaction between economic operators of both countries.