On the occasion of the national holiday of the country H. E. Ms. Latifa Benazza, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Algerian Democratic and People's Republic to the Republic of Bulgaria, gave a reception at the Sofia Hotel Balkan on the 3rd of November.

Algerians celebrate the 63rd anniversary from the victory of the Revolution on the 1st November, 1954.

In her congratulatory speech, towards the guests H. E. Ms. Latifa Benazza pointed out the importance of this date: "Thanks to this sacred for us revolution and to the great sacrifices made by our proud people, Algeria succeeded in regaining its sovereignty, on the 5th of July 1962, after a long and severe struggle against colonialism, that has started from the moment the colonizer stepped on to Algerian land, until its final defeat." She quoted a part of the address of the President of the country, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, on the occasion of the national holiday, in which he says that the 1st of November 1954 was the day of "a trial of the nation and the high price paid to break the chains of colonialism, that lasted more than a century".

H. E. Ms. Latifa Benazza also pointed out: "The celebration of this great date is an occasion to recall and appreciate the fact that the liberal, brotherly and friendly countries stood by us at that time. The glorious revolution of the 1st of November became a guiding light for the colonized nations in Africa, Asia and Latin America."

Her Excellency then spoke about present days: "Algeria survived a decade of terrible national tragedy, in which it opposed the militant terrorism alone. The country has come out of this hardship victoriously and immune to this particular phenomenon that the world is facing today. After this difficult period Algeria returned to stability through national reconciliation in the name of the country, the creation and the progress.

Internally, Algeria has achieved much in the way of democratization, freedom of speech and pluralism - and anyone who has visited our country can get convinced. Algeria is firmly determined, despite the challenges, to win the battle for the creation by undertaking and speeding up the necessary reforms in order to modernize the business environment, incl. the financial sphere, and works towards mastering new technologies."

She ended with the words: "Today's day is a good occasion to highlight the excellent level of the Algerian-Bulgarian relations, which develops consistently thanks to the sincere and unwavering striving and will of the leaders of both countries."

And then the numerous guests from the diplomatic corps and the state institutions, as well as the Algerian friends and media representatives had the opportunity to share the joy of the feast and taste traditional Algerian dishes.

The photos are provided by the Embassy of the Algerian Democratic and People's Republic of Bulgaria.