Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, official visit to Cairo, said Wednesday that there was “complete consensus” between Algeria and Egypt on regional issues. This declaration comes in a context of crisis with Morocco and an Arab rejection of the will of Algiers to organize the Summit of the Arab League.
In Egypt for 48 hours, the Algerian Head of State insisted on the common vision shared between his country and Egypt on regional issues, namely Cairo and Algiers in their immediate vicinity, and more generally in the North Africa region.
Abdelmadjid Tebboune has multiplied the round trips to other countries and his reception as Head of State, African and Arab in recent weeks. This work is more intensely felt on the side of the head of Algerian diplomacy who went to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, in the space of a few days.
Tension in the Algerian seraglio has been at its height since doubts about Algeria’s ability to organize the Arab League Summit were made public. Indeed, the Algerian representatives have multiplied the visits in person and the sending of handwritten letters from President Tebboune to the Arab leaders in order to convince them to come to Algeria in March.
However, the Arab powers did not seem to be receptive, and the causes are multiple. Indeed, Algeria, which is waking up from several years of diplomatic absence, is seeking to make a big media splash by organizing this Summit, but above all by appropriating it and adapting it to its agenda, while the word of order of this meeting should be the strengthening of the Arab union.
Since November, Algeria has made no secret of its intentions for this Summit, promoting its hostile position to Morocco in the Sahara conflict, a country with which relations have been severed, its hostile position to Israel and to normalization with Arab countries and would like to make a fundamental reform within the League.
Behind the scenes, Algeria is also against the leadership of the Arab monarchies within the Arab League, would like to have Syria readmitted to the organization, and has an alliance with Iran and by alliance therefore with the Houthi rebels in Yemen.
In other words, Algeria is out of step with the Arab League, displays an objective of defiance and does not represent the spirit of union, alliance, peace and good neighborliness that the Arab States seek.
And the sanction was not long in coming, since the representatives of the League made the trip to Algiers to announce the postponement of the date of the Arab Summit, at least until the end of the month of Ramadan, while removing from Algiers the possibility of creating a program for the meeting.
The visit of the Algerian Head of State to Egypt, where the League’s headquarters are located, to meet Abdelfattah Al Sissi, therefore comes to try to appease the latter but also to send a double message, according to which Cairo and Algiers would be in perfect agreement on regional issues, in other words, on the Sahara.
On Tuesday, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said that “there is complete consensus in visions and points of view with Egypt on the problems of the region… and we are looking for common ground to reach a consensus. common Arabic,” he said.
And to insist that the interview he had with his Egyptian counterpart “covered all the problems of the region”. This version was not confirmed by the Egyptian side, which contented itself with mentioning the Libyan file, the Nile dam and the fight against terrorism.
On the Sahara issue, Egypt maintains excellent relations with Morocco and has never recognized the separatist movement of the Polisario, and judges the Moroccan autonomy initiative as credible and meeting the requirements of the United Nations.