ALGIERS – Wednesday, 27 December 2023 (APS) – The president of the International Association of Algerian Revolution Friends Noureddine Djoudi affirmed Tuesday that the support of late president Houari Boumediene to liberation movements in Africa, notably the struggle of the Sahrawi people for self-determination, was a “sacred duty” and an “unquestionable principle” for which he militated in the different international forums, underlining that the President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune is on the same path by sanctifying the right of the Sahrawi and Palestinian peoples to freedom and independence.

In his speech during the “Forum of Memory” devoted to the support of president Houari Boumediene to liberation movements in Africa and to the Polisario Front, organized by the Association Mechaal Echahid and El Moudjahid paper, on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the death of President Boumediene, Nourredine Djoudi said that “late president considered Algeria’s support to the liberation movements as a sacred duty and an unquestionable matter of principle.

The leader of the Algerian diplomats affirmed that “the president Houari Boumediene was a fervent defender of liberation movements in Africa, he who wasn’t only committed to the liberation of Algeria but rather to all Africa, namely all the peoples who suffered under colonialism and racial discrimination.”

After emphasizing the role of president Boumediene in the building of the Algerian State, the first ambassador of Algeria to South Africa shared testimonies on the positions of Boumediene in favor of liberation movements, dealing with Algeria’s solidarity with the liberation movements in Africa. He underlined, in this regard, that Algeria trained before its independence African resistance fighters (since 1958).

In this regard, he underscored that “the Algerian Revolution was unique, based on the principles of freedom, justice and the rights of peoples.”

In the post-independence, Algeria committed, after the establishment of the Organization of the African Unity (OAU), currently the African Union (AU), to support liberation movements worldwide, a core principle in the 1 November 1954 Revolution, especially since President Boumediene was committed to defending them in all international forums, particularly in AU meetings.

He also said that the late Moroccan King Hassan II never took part in conferences in which President Boumediene attended, nor meetings of the African Organization, until Boumediene’s death. This is because of his position on the issue of Western Sahara, which the late Boumediene described as an “indisputable matter of principle.”

President Boumediene was concerned with defending the Sahrawi people’s right to freedom and independence.

Noureddine Djoudi hailed the position of the president of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune who “follows in the footsteps of late Houari Boumediene in terms of supporting the liberation issues worldwide.”