Indian Navy’s First Exercise with Algerian Navy
The Indian and Algerian navies conducted their first ever naval exercise off the coast of Algeria on August 29, 2021.
- The exercise reflects increased maritime cooperation among two countries.
- Stealth ship INS Tabar represented India while Algeria was represented by its naval ship ANS Ezager.
- As part of the exercise, activities like communication procedures, coordinated maneuvers, and past steam were carried out between Indian and Algerian warships.
- This naval exercise opened up the possibility for both the navies to understand the concept of mutual operations, enhance interoperability, and increase future interaction and cooperation.
Both the countries have established diplomatic relationship. Algeria is having an embassy in New Delhi while India set up it in Algiers. They are part of Non-aligned movement. Being a member of African Union, Algeria supports the candidacy of India for a permanent seat in Security Council. Trade between both the countries has increased from US$55 million in 2001 to US$3.4 billion in 2011. Both the countries have also taken steps to increase collaboration in the oil sector.
India’s market in Algeria
Indian car company, Maruti, has a significant market in Algeria. It is the third largest export market for Maruti.
India’s aid to Algeria
India also provided Algeria US $1 million humanitarian aid to help the “victims of the earthquake in Algeria in May 2003. India handed over medicines worth half a million US dollars in April 2004.
Science and technology cooperation
Indian Space Research Organisation launched the Satellite Alsat 2A of Algeria into orbit in July 2010.