Algeria backs India’s position on terror, Kashmir

RSTV Bureau

Algeria has conveyed its support to India on Kashmir issue, boosting India’s efforts to isolate Pakistan for its support to terror outfits based on its soil. The North African country has reiterated its position that Kashmir is an integral part of India. This was conveyed to Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari during his two-day visit.

The Vice President retured to Delhi on Thursday after a five-day trip to Hungary and Algeria during which he pushed for closer bilateral ties.

Vice President Hamid Ansari shakes hands with Algeria's Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, at State Guest House, Zeralda in Algeria  Photo-PTI

Vice President Hamid Ansari shakes hands with Algeria’s Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, at State Guest House, Zeralda in Algeria
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During his stay in Algeria, Ansari held wide ranging discussions with Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra and stressed on taking the India-Algeria ties to a new level and how to “rejuvenate” the bilateral relations.

Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal told the Vice President that his country fully supports India’s position on Jammu and Kashmir, a senior official accompanying Ansari said.

However, Pakistan’s name was directly not taken by either side.

New Delhi has always been maintaining that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and blames Pakistan for sponsoring cross border terrorism in the border state.

In an on board briefing, the Vice President said that during his five-day two-nation tour, the issue of terrorism was discussed with the top leaderships of both Algeria and Hungary.

Asked whether the issue of a third country’s support to terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir was figured in the bilateral talks with the two countries, Ansari said, “Everyone knows which one is the third country. Obvious is obvious. No need to take any country’s name.”

The Vice President said that in his discussions with Hungary and Algerian leaderships, menace of terrorism was discussed and their view was that it is a disease for the entire world and it has to be eradicated in all forms and manifestations.

Vice President M. Hamid Ansari shakes with the Prime Minister of Algeria, Abdelmalek Sellal during a meeting in Algiers, Algeria Photo-PTI

Vice President M. Hamid Ansari shakes with the Prime Minister of Algeria, Abdelmalek Sellal during a meeting in Algiers, Algeria
Photo-PTI

During the visit, both Hungary and Algeria made it clear that terrorism is a menace and it should be eradicated from the world.

During his discussions with Hungary’s President Janos Ader, Prime Minister Viktor Orban and other top leadership, both the countries sought a strong global legal framework and sustained global action to deal with the threat.

India and Hungary also signed two MoUs, including one on water management, during the three-day trip to the central European country.

The Hungarian Prime Minister had said his country set up a working group on technology to explore the possibility of bilateral cooperation in various issues, including defence production for mutual benefits.