Vice President Hamid Ansari arrived in Algeria for a two-day visit during which he will interact with the country’s top leadership on various bilateral issues like anti-terror cooperation.
During the two-day visit to Algeria, Ansari is expected to raise the issue of cross-border terrorism affecting India and a host of other bilateral issues.
“Issue of cross border terrorism emanating from across India’s border will be raised during the bilateral meetings the Vice-President will have with Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and other top leadership,” said Sujata Mehta, Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs.
Mehta also said that Algeria has been fighting a very difficult terror group in the recent past and is willing to seek help of counties that are willing to root out terrorism.
“There will be meetings of minds to fight terrorism with all his interlocutors and counterparts,” she said.
India and Algeria have been engaging on trade and commerce in the field of oil. Bilateral trade between India and Algeria stood at 1.5 billion per annum, majority of which are related to importing oil and oil products to India.
Algeria’s President Bouteflika was the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations in 2001.
Earlier on Monday, Ansari’s held meetings with Hungary’s President Janos Ader, Prime Minister Viktor Orban and other top leaders where both the countries favoured elimination of the menace of terrorism and sought a strong global legal framework and sustained global action to deal with the threat.
Ansari expressed appreciation for the support extended by Hungary to India’s membership of the Missile Technology Control Regime and for entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group.
He said relations between India and Hungary are friendly, multi-faceted and have a cultural resonance besides both the countries being thriving democracies and dynamic economies.