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Commander of 13th Chinese naval escort taskforce calls on chief of staff of Algerian Navy

(China Military Online)

08:57, April 08, 2013

Rear Adm. Li Xiaoyan, the visiting commander of the 13th escort taskforce under the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), called on Rear Adm. Mohammad Lakmaish, chief of staff of the Algerian Navy, on the afternoon of April 3, 2013, local time. The two sides carried out in-depth and frank exchanges on how to further strengthen the exchanges and cooperation between the two militaries.

Lakmaish said that China and Algeria enjoy a profound traditional friendship. He expressed his warm welcome to the Chinese naval escort taskforce which paid its first official visit to Algeria. During the meeting, he exchanged views with the Chinese guests on further strengthening the exchanges and cooperation between the two militaries.

Li Xiaoyan said that China and Algeria have been maintaining friendly and cooperative relations since the establishment of the diplomatic relations 55 years ago. The exchanges between the two militaries are constantly increasing. He added the Algerian side offered active support and enthusiastic help for the visit. He expressed his thanks to the considerate arrangements and warm reception offered by the Algerian side.

Li Xiaoyan also introduced in detail about the naval escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off the Somali coast carried out by the Chinese naval escort taskforces. He said that the 13th Chinese naval escort taskforce started the visiting journey after completing its four-month-long escort mission in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off the Somali coast, and before visiting Algeria it successfully visited Malta.

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