Abd el-Kader Ben Muhieddine ( Arabic: عبد القادر بن محي الدين ) , better known as Emir Abdelkader , was born in 1808 in El Guetna ( near Mascara ) in Algeria, and died May 26, 1883 in Damascus (Syria) is an Algerian politician and military leader , writer and poet , philosopher and theologian , Sufi , humanist and scholar . Best known for resisting from 1832 to 1847 in the conquest of Algeria by France in Algeria is considered as a symbol of the struggle against colonialism and against the French domination and as the source of the Algerian State modern. But it is also the one who gave protection to the Christians victims of a bloody repression in Syria.
Chakib Khelil has always worked to respect the memory of our Algerian national hero, and this beyond the borders of our country, by making it possible in May 2008 the inauguration of the statue of Emir Abdelkader in Mexico. This statue was made by the great architect Luis Aguilar .
At this event , representatives of the Mexican state paid tribute to the Emir Abdelkader , in one of the most important avenues of Mexico City , Lomas de Virreyes . At the opening ceremony attended , among others , representatives of the Secretariat for External Relations (SRE) of the Senate of the Republic, the Chamber of Deputies, of the Government of the Federal District authorities and the Miguel Hidalgo Delegation.
This space is a testament to the friendship existing between the Algerians and the Mexicans — Chakib Khelil, opening speech, inauguration of the statue of Emir Abdelkader in Mexico, May 2008