Canada wishes to join Algeria in Quebec Francophonia summit

After his half-hearted participation in the meetings of Beirut and Ouagadougou

Canada wishes to join Algeria in Quebec Francophonia summit

El Khabar, 25 may 2008

The Canadian Minister on international relations and Francophonia in the province of Quebec, Ms. Monique Gagnon-Trembley, expressed her « desire » to see Algeria officially accede to the organization of the Francophonia, in the forthcoming summit of French speaking countries due to take place in Quebec next October.
Ms. Gagnon-Trembley met yesterday, the Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci, with whom she held talks, during her visit to Algeria.
APS reported that the visit of the Canadian Minister in Algeria is part of his tour in several African states, in preparation for the summit of la Francophonia to be held in the French-speaking Canadian province from 17 to 19 October.
Ms. Gagnon-Trembley said she discussed several topics during her meeting with Medelci, and she referred to conformity of views between Algeria and Quebec, particularly on the economic field, with the possibility to further develop this cooperation in the future.
The invitation of Quebec for the accession of Algeria to the Francophonia comes after three other similar invitations from France and date back to the late 90.
Algeria had expressed, through its former foreign minister, Abdelaziz Belkhadem, that it was ready to join this space, but it was not followed by effective approaches.
However, the Algerian authorities had showed signs in the direction of entry into the organization of francophone countries, when President Abdelaziz Bouteflika had participated in the first Africa-France summit, which was held in Yaoundé in Cameroon in 2001.
Algeria has registered its first presence in the summit of la Francophonia at the meeting in Beirut with a delegation headed by President Bouteflika. This participation comes as a result of French and Canadian efforts to persuade Algeria to exploit its cultural and linguistic capabilities to be a member of that space. Algeria had sought to participate as an observer at the summit in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso in 2004.

 

25-05-2008
By H. Yes / Translated by N.K