ALGIERS, Algeria and Namibia have signed seven co-operation agreements covering various sectors following the conclusion of the inaugural meeting of their Joint Co-operation Commission here Tuesday.

These agreements were signed by Algerian Foreign Affairs Minister Abdelkader Messahel and Namibia's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah. The agreements include a trade agreement, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) relating to visa exemption for holders of diplomatic or service passports, and an MoY between Algeria's Ministry of Mujahideen and the Namibian Ministry of Veterans.

The two countries also signed MoUs for co-operation in the fields of vocational training, sports, culture, as well as a letter of agreement for co-operation in the area of water resources management.

Messahel said results of the first meeting of the commission were promising. They will give a new impetus to relations between the two countries, he said, adding that the signing of the agreements would enhance enhance the legal framework and the opening of new prospects which are mutually beneficial for the two countries.

He said the visit of the Namibian Deputy Prime Minister allowed the two countries to show their convergence of views on regional and international issues of common interest just as it allowed re-affirming our determination to co-ordinate our respective positions in the framework of the goals set by the African Union.

Nandi-Ndaitwah expressed satisfaction with the results of the commission meeting, underlining that the two countries needed to work together by sharing experiences to ensure better integration of the continent, notably through the peaceful settlement of conflicts.

In her comments during the session of the joint commision earlier, she said Algeria had played a leadership role in Africa through its efforts in the settlement of conflicts. We hail Algeria for its leadership; it has spared no effort for the settlement of disagreements and brings its support to the issues of decolonization and the peoples' right to self-determination, she added.

Algeria, she stated, has always had an important role in the fight against colonization and apartheid.