Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra is continuing his tour of key Arab countries to convince them to attend the Arab League summit that President Abdelmadjid Tebboune wants to organise.
After going to Saudi Arabia, the head of Algerian diplomacy, headed for the United Arab Emirates, for “a long working session with his Emirati counterpart, Sheikh Abdallah Ben Zayed”, indicated the services of Lamamra , quoted by the Algerian press.
“The meeting between the heads of diplomacy of the two countries focused on fraternal bilateral relations and the means of strengthening them, in addition to regional issues of common interest, in particular those relating to the latest developments in the Arab world and the prospects for joint Arab action,” said the statement from the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
For its part, the official Emirati news agency announced that President Sheikh Khalifa ben Zayed Al Nahyan “has received a letter from the Algerian President, Abdelmadjid Tebboune concerning the development of fraternal relations between the two countries”.
And to continue by explaining that Ramtane Lamamra and his counterpart Abdallah Ben Zayed, “reviewed the solid bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries and the means to develop them further in various sectors”.
Moreover, this meeting was conducted in the presence of the Emirati Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, as well as that of the adviser to the Ministry of Presidential Affairs.
The Algerian press release was prolix in detail, emphasizing “the deep historical ties between the two countries and brotherly peoples” and that the two ministers “agreed to continue consultation and coordination to achieve the objectives of Arab action and meet the challenges imposed by the various crises that threaten peace, security, stability and development in the Arab region”.
Algeria, which is organizing an Arab League summit soon, is trying to revitalize its relations with the various member countries in order to thwart Morocco’s exploits in the promotion of its national cause, the Sahara.
Before Abu Dhabi, it was to Riyadh that Ramtane Lamamra went 3 days ago, to try to appease Saudi Arabia in anticipation of this summit, which was intended as a major communication coup for Algerian diplomacy.
Similarly, the Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, who had just recovered from his coronavirus infection, was sent to meet his counterpart, Prince Faiçal bin Farhan bin Abdullah Al Saud, with a handwritten letter from Abdelmadjid Tebboune, for King Salman.
The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are two key countries in the Middle East region and leaders of the Arab world and these two countries are traditionally close to Morocco in that they are also monarchies and maintain historical relations, but also because they defend the territorial integrity of countries and are against the separatism that Algiers defends.
In recent months, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh have further supported their membership of the opposing camp to that advocated by Algeria, in particular with the opening of a consulate of the Emirates in the city of Laayoune in Morocco, the normalization of its relations with Israel, like what Morocco did and which earned it strong criticism from Algeria.
In October 2021, Saudi Arabia also officially defended its position in favor of the Moroccan Sahara before the United Nations.
“Saudi Arabia rejects any attack on the supreme interests or on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the brotherly Kingdom of Morocco”, underlined the ambassador, Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia, Abdallah Al Mouallimi, before the 4th Committee of the UN General Assembly.
Similarly, during its 42nd Summit held last December in Al ‘Ula, the High Council for Gulf Cooperation (GCC) with the participation of the leaders of its member states, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Sultanate of Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, reaffirmed its firm positions and decisions in favor of the Moroccan Sahara and the preservation of the security and stability of the Kingdom of Morocco and its territorial integrity.