It is with a very succinct press release that the APS provided itself to announce an open secret, namely that the Algerian president was going to carry out from Monday, January 24, a two-day working visit to Egypt. This is the Algerian head of state’s second trip abroad, so to speak, after Tunisia.
But unlike his visit to Kaïs Saied which had been announced with fanfare and several weeks earlier, this trip to Egypt seems to have been scheduled in a hurry. He will try to persuade the Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to mediate with the Gulf countries in order to persuade them to participate in the Arab League Summit after the postponement scandal due to the refusal of the majority of countries to attend. to take part.
And then as if to smooth things over and Monday’s meeting called on members of the Arab League to classify the Houtis of the prospect separatists, a term dear to the generals of Algiers, in the terrorist category.
This visit, which comes after the announcement, by the deputy secretary of the Arab League, of the postponement of the Arab League summit initially scheduled for March 23 in Algiers and especially after the Algerian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ramtane Lamamra, went to a few Gulf countries and last Tuesday, to Egypt with the splash in the water that we know.
There is another fact that spoils the party with an unpronounceable name, when he has just started his trip or his summons to Egypt, the Egyptian ambassador to Morocco recalled that his country supports the territorial integrity of the Kingdom. “Egypt firmly supports the territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Morocco and rejects any interference in its internal affairs as well as any attack on its territorial integrity”, declared the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Rabat, Yasser Mostafa Kamal Othman, in an interview with MoroccoLatestNews.
“We do not recognize the Sahrawi Republic and we have no relationship with the Polisario”, added the Ambassador recalling that ” Egypt is one of the countries that took part last January in a conference organized by Morocco and the United States to support the autonomy proposal”.
So there you have it, the Algerian head of state patching up the damage that Ramtane Lamamra has caused. This old Lamamra not having succeeded in winning the bet to organize the Arab summit in Algeria within the announced deadlines, his boss if boss he is, sees himself in the obligation to get started.
Also, he will take his pilgrim’s staff in the sole desire to continue ” consultation and coordination with his brothers, the leaders of Arab countries and officials of the General Secretariat of the Arab League “.
You can always dream and it’s free too. This unpleasant assemblage of discordant sounds that Algiers is trying to discredit itself for having postponed without derailing the summit of the Arab League, demonstrates that there is a serious diplomatic failure at a very high level, much more so than that of this brave Lamra. It would be fashionable to recall that the summits of the Arab League are usually held in March and symbolically at the beginning of spring. The last time its members met was in March 2019 in Tunis. The 2020 and 2021 editions had been zapped Dame Covid and many other reasons went through it.
Mohamed El Tayer, expert in security and strategic affairs, noted that this visit “ takes place in a particular context, because it comes after a series of others by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ramtane Lamamra, in certain Gulf countries », all sanctioned with bitter failures. It also comes after the visit to Tunisia, and after the trip of the Mauritanian president to Algeria.
Through this trip to Cairo ” Algiers seeks buzz for trying to seek support from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi for his good relations with Gulf states and Israel “, further specifies the expert.
He stresses in this regard that Algiers was seeking to mitigate the effects of isolation on the international level, in addition to a solution to the approach of African countries to expel the fictitious entity that the Algerian military regime introduced by buying debts and receivables on the side of the Organization of the African Union. Also the possibility of a favorable reaction from Cairo to the request for support from Algiers is quite minimal, if not non-existent. Egypt is not Tunisia.