President Houari Boumedienne of Algeria, was accompanied on Thursday (June 18) by king Faisal of Saudi Arabia at the inauguration ceremony of a French-built ammonia and fertiliser complex in Oran, Western Algeria.
President Houari Boumedienne of Algeria, was accompanied on Thursday (June 18) by king Faisal of Saudi Arabia at the inauguration ceremony of a French-built ammonia and fertiliser complex in Oran, Western Algeria. The inauguration was part of a series of celebrations to mark the President's five years in power.
King Faisal was also present at Arzew on Friday when President Boumedienne laid the foundation stone of an oil refinery to be built by a Japanese consortium under a 30-million sterling contract signed last year.
King Faisal arrived in Algeria on Tuesday on a four-day official visit. On Wednesday he attended a banquet in his honour at which President Boumedienne spoke about the importance of exploiting Arab oil resources for the food of the people. On Monday Algeria announced the nationalisation of four foreign oil producing companies. During his stay, the King had talks with the President on Middle East affairs.
At the stone-laying ceremony at Arzew, President Boumedienne appealed to Arab countries to aid the Palestinian Fedayin by contributing towards their total unity. he also asked for unconditional support for the Vietnamese people fighting against imperialism, and all African peoples fighting colonial and racial segregation.
Speaking about his own regime which began with a military coup in which President Ahmed Ben Bella was ousted, President Boumedienne said that the Algerian revolution was oriented towards industrial, agrarian and cultural progress.
Later, the Algerian leader and his guest went to the mosque at Arzew to attend Friday prayers. King Faisal returned to Saudi Arabia on Saturday at the end of a two-week, four-nation tour during which he visited Malaysia, Indonesia, and Afghanistan.