A few days after Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune visited Russia to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, the United States relaunched Algiers to support the work of the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for the of the Sahara, Staffan of Mistura.
The US State Department released a statement detailing the content of a telephone conversation between US Under-Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman and Algerian Foreign Minister Ahmed Attaf.
The interview, which took place on Tuesday, unsurprisingly addressed “the global repercussions of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and reaffirmed the importance of achieving a just and lasting peace in accordance with the principles of the United Nations Charter”.
This reminder comes following Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s state visit to Russia last week. A visit during which he called Vladimir Putin a “friend of humanity” while Westerners see him as an “aggressor” since the start of the conflict between Moscow and kyiv.
“Some of his statements are inappropriate,” Algerian journalist Abdou Semmar said of the words President Tebboune chose during his visit to Russia. “Diplomatically, they are catastrophic,” he added.
During her meeting with the head of Russian diplomacy, the Sahara file was also planned by Wendy Sherman, given that Algeria is the second party to this conflict and the country which finances and hosts the armed group on its territory. of the Polisario.
She told her interlocutor that now that Algeria has been elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (the body that manages the Sahara issue), she expressed the wish to see Algiers give “full support to the personal envoy of the UN Secretary General, Staffan de Mistura”.
And to specify that the UN envoy “intensifies his efforts to reach a lasting and dignified political solution for the Sahara”. This reminder to the Algerian regime is also a warning, in the sense that the United States is aware that Algeria continues to put a spoke in the wheel in the work of the diplomat by refusing to resume the format of the tables rounds between Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and the Polisario.