Algeria courted by Washington and Moscow
Russia and Algeria continue to strengthen their partnerships.
Here, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets President Abdelmadjid Tebboune during a visit to Algiers on May 10, 2022. © Russian Foreign Ministry / via AFP
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Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune will pay a state visit to Moscow next May.
As soon as the visit was announced, Moscow and Washington engaged in a new verbal and diplomatic one-upmanship.
The two capitals compete to get closer to Algeria.
The visit, originally scheduled for last December, ultimately did not take place.
Officially because of the calendar, but Algeria was also
under pressure from the West
to obtain a firmer position from it vis-à-vis Moscow.
But Algeria and Russia have privileged economic and military relations.
The visit will be an opportunity to discuss "
bilateral relations and more particularly the horizons of energy cooperation
", according to a press release from the al-Mouradia palace in Algiers.
Washington and Moscow send each other indirect messages concerning Algiers.
Both praised his positive role.
We must not exert pressure
" on Algiers, Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, reacting to the call to punish Algeria launched by 27 members of the American Congress.
Algiers acts according to what is "
dictated by its interests
" and does not undergo pressure, he added.
In addition to being Moscow's
and economic partner, Algeria is also its partner in OPEC, oil-exporting countries as well as gas-exporting countries.
Moscow strongly supports Algiers to integrate the
Brics economic group
On the American side, Wendy R. Sherman, the adviser to the Secretary of State, praised the Algerian efforts for peace and security in Mali and in the region.
It was during a telephone conversation with the head of Algerian diplomacy Ramtane Lamamra.
As for the US Ambassador to Algeria, Elizabeth Moore Aubin, she told the Algerian News Agency (APS) that Algiers is a regional force that works together with Washington for peace and security.
She promised the forthcoming opening of a direct air line between Algiers and New York, a file that Washington had been dragging out for some time.
She also alluded to possible support for Algiers, which is seeking to join the United Nations Security Council.
Finally, at a time when Algiers is seeking to develop its economy, Washington is playing the investment card in this country.
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