Italy and Algeria, a common history
ROME - Reviving an old tradition, the Algerian Ambassador to Rome, H.E. Ahmed Boutache, paid a visit on Tuesday to the Mamertine Prison, a prestigious site in the Eternal City where,. according to historians, rests the King of Numidia, Jugurtha.The envoy made the visit in response to an invitation of the Complex of the Roman Forum, the Holy See, which is master of the premises, and the City of Rome.
His Excellency's presence in the company of the President of the Roman Forum and of the Colosseum, Dottoressa Alfonsina Russo, who came to welcome him in person, and the special consideration given to the Ambassador by the officials in charge of the site, by the Representative of the Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini and the representative of the Mayor of Rome, Lorenza Fruci and for the explanation part, the archaeologist Patrizia Fortini, participates we were told with a precise effort, at the center of the new dynamic between Algiers and Rome, encouraging the leaders of the two countries to jointly organize initiatives highlighting their common historical heritage. Also present were officials from the Algerian Embassy in Italy and the Italian authorities.
Mr. Boutache, surrounded by a number of journalists at the exit of the site, first wanted to thank his hosts: "this prison that I had the honor to visit today welcomes a great king of a great people, ours ; I therefore, in the name of all Algerians, paid homage to his memory by walking along this staircase which leads to the lower room where he lived his last hours; This was possible for me thanks to the good offices of our Italian friends, who as soon as they learned that I wanted to collect myself in front of the last known place of King Jugurtha, organized everything in record time!"