Algeria has right to have "strong army," as "regional power"

APS - 30 September 2021

ALGIERS- The chief of the Army Staff, Lieutenant General Saïd Chanegriha, said Thursday that the new Algeria has the right to have a "strong army" playing its role as a "regional power," to ensure a "strategic superiority" in the region, the ministry of National Defence said in a statement.

"It is from this perspective that the new Algeria has the right to have a strong, developed and professional army, able to fully play its undeniable role as a regional power, feared by its enemies," to ensure a permanent strategic superiority in the region, an army capable, at all times and in all circumstances, of preserving the legacy of our valiant martyrs," Lieutenant General Chanegriha said in an address at the main Naval Base of Mers-El-Kebir, on the third day of his visit to the 2nd military region.

"To this end, the People's National Army, the worthy heir to the National Liberation Army, tirelessly strives, night and day, and throughout the year, to develop our defensive capabilities to face the new challenges, and preserve the vital interests of the Nation, in accordance with the guidelines of the President of the Republic, the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, minister of National Defence.

The chief of the Army Staff underlined that the Armed Forces receive great support and continuous attention from the president of the Republic," who "makes sure that all necessary conditions are met for them to keep up with the new developments and advances that the world is experiencing today."

"Our maritime fleet has managed to have all the factors of strength and modernity and to master the developed and modern technologies, thus becoming an example to follow, in terms of professionalism," Lieutenant General Chanegriha said.

"This has enabled the total control and exemplary use of this strategic naval weapon and many other advanced means and equipment which, as you know, are of momentous and particular importance in the strengthening of the Naval Forces and the consolidation of our presence in the Mediterranean Basin."