The Government of the People's Democratic
Republic of Algeria
The Government of the Republic of Indonesia
at the Conclusion of the State visit of
H.E. Megawati Soekarnoputri
President of the Republic of Indonesia
To Algeria. 5 - 8 September 2002
1. At the invitation of H.E. Abdelaziz Bouteflika,
President of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, H.E.
Megawati Soekarnoputri, President of the Republic of Indonesia,
paid a state visit to Algiers, Algeria on 5 - 8 September 2002.
2. During the visit, H.E. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the President
of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria received H.E. Megawati
Soekarnoputri, President of the Republic of Indonesia, and the
3. These meetings provided the occasion for a substantive review
on developments of the relations between the two countries and
for a detailed discussion on methods and ways for strengthening
bilateral cooperation as well as a wide-ranging exchange of views
on important regional and global issues of mutual interest.
4. In their review of bilateral relations, the two parties paid
special attention to identify specific ways and means for increasing
cooperation in various fields on the basis of mutual benefit.
They noted a broad spectrum of their relations including political,
economic, trade, investment, culture and education, science and
technology, human resource development and training, non conventional
energy, civil aviation, combating drug trafficking, transnational
5. With regard to the economic cooperation, both parties noted
that the economic reform and liberalization programs pursued by
both countries have provided new opportunities for expanding and
diversifying economic cooperation. They also agreed that private
sectors in both countries should play a leading role in giving
impetus to the possibilities of further cooperation, while the
governments would have a vital role in encouraging and facilitating
business contacts in order to create awareness of the capabilities
and requirements on both sides. For this purpose, they also expressed
their wish to organize, at the earliest stage, the Second joint
Commission Meeting in Indonesia at the Ministerial Level.
6. The two countries agreed on the need to expand and balance
trade relations between Algeria and Indonesia. They agreed to
explore all possible sources of financing to enhance the economic
and trade cooperation between the two countries. They also agreed
to explore the possibilities to overcome the current imbalance
trade relations by facilitating measures and providing enhanced
market access in their respective countries. They agreed to encourage
their private sectors participation to increase investment in
each respective country.
7. The two parties expressed their satisfaction on the signing
of the following documents:
a. A Memorandum of Understanding on Consultations between the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Algeria and the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of Indonesia; and
b. A Memorandum of Understanding between SONATRACH
and PERTAMINA Oil and Natural Gas Business Development Cooperation.
8. The Algerian leadership reiterated its support for the territorial
integrity of the Republic of Indonesia and commended the Government
of Indonesia's commitment to and efforts for maintaining national
cohesion, region and global peace.
9. The Indonesian leadership noted with satisfaction the important
efforts made by Algeria to revive the Union of Arab Maghreb. In
this context, the two Heads of State are of the view that the
Western Sahara issue should be resolved by peaceful means taking
into account the relevant United Nations resolutions in particular
the Security Council resolutions in the effort to consolidate
stability and security of the Maghreb region.
10. The two parties also highlighted the need to further strengthen
cooperation in various fields particularly between the Asian and
African nations through the inter-regional cooperation as it is
stipulated in the Bandung Conference 1855. It is therefore necessary
to forge new cooperation, new spirit and new goals between all
countries in these two continents for the better life of our future
11. The two parties expressed their grave concern at the recent
developments in the Palestinian territories and the rapidly deteriorating
situation in the spot which emanated from the excessive use of
force, acts of provocation and killing of innocent civilians that
continue to have a negative impact on the entire peace process.
In this case, they stressed the need to fully implement, in good
faith, agreements reached in the context of the peace process.
They also expressed the hope to achieve a final, lasting, just
and comprehensive settlement on the Palestinian track, based on
Security Council resolutions 242 and 338 and the land for Peace
formula, which would ensure the fulfillment of the legitimate
Palestinian rights, including the establishment of an independent
and viable state with Al Quds El Sharif as its capital and the
return of Palestinian refugees to their homeland.
12. The discussion between the two parties took place as the international
scene has been undergoing significant changes that affecting the
political, economic, social and cultural landscapes. With this
in mind, the two parties discussed wide range of topics which
included efforts to combat the scourge of international terrorism,
means of revitalizing a South-South Cooperation and other international
as well as regional institutions to which they are members of
international economic relations.
13. The two parties highlighted the traditionally close and friendly
relations between Algeria and Indonesia, and the mutual understanding
and goodwill that characterize these relations. They expressed
satisfaction with the progress achieved in cooperation in various
ways. They also noted the long tradition of cooperation and coordination
between the two countries in international fora, particularly
the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement, the Group of 77,
the Organization of Islamic Countries and the Group of 15.
14. The two parties also noted with concern some current attempts
to provide international legality for certain concepts that could
entail the undermining of state sovereignty of justifying intervention
in the internal affairs of sovereign states under the pretext
of human rights protection without having basis in international
law or the United Nations Charter.
15. The two parties reaffirmed their commitment to the principles
of religious freedom and tolerance in relations within and among
the nations and also underlined the importance of differentiating
between the religion of Islam and the act of violent extremist.
16. The President of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Megawati
Soekarnoputri, extended an official invitation to the President
of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, H.E. Mr. Abdelaziz
Bouteflika for paying a state visit to Indonesia in order to reinvigorate
their traditionally close cooperation in various fields and to
explore new dimensions of it.
17. The discussion was held in a cordial, friendly and positive
atmosphere, marked by the spirit of cooperation and mutual understanding
which have always characterized relations between the two countries.
18. The Indonesian delegation expressed their deep appreciation
for the warm welcome and generous hospitality extended by the
Government and people of Algeria and for the excellent arrangements
made for the visit as well.
Algiers, 8 September 2002
Photo 1. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
and President Megawati Soekarnoputri
Photo 2. Official dinner offered by H.E. President A. Bouteflika in honour of H.E. President Megawati Soekarnoputri