Algeria uses all-encompassing diplomacy to catch up

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Ramtane Lamamra, the very experienced and very active head of Algerian diplomacy, announced on Thursday, September 9, that the debts of 14 African countries would be canceled for a sum of almost one billion dollars. This gesture of diplomatic proximity is described by Algiers as a gesture of a “united world”. Algeria also does not mention these countries. This initiative is added to others, which Algeria has undertaken to restore its influence from in the past.

Algerian diplomacy must regain some influence in order to “consolidate its role as an intermediary”. According to the Algerian Presidency, Algeria must “be able to take the initiative on major regional and international issues.” A vision implemented by the head of Algerian diplomacy that increases the number of trips to Africa.

In Niger, he discussed with President Bazoum “the joint work to preserve peace and security in Africa”. There was also talk of reactivating the security agreement signed in 2018 between Niger, Libya, Chad and Sudan. Ramtane Lamamra was also in Mauritania to invite President Ghazouani to Algiers.

Last week, the foreign ministers of Libya’s neighboring countries met in Algiers to discuss the stabilization of the country. This mechanism in neighboring countries has been halted since January 2020 was restarted by Algiers to defend a way out of the Libyan crisis, away from possible disruption.

Lamamra has also been involved as a mediator in the Ethiopian dam rebirth conflict and has visited Tunisia three times since July 24.

Algiers expands its foreign ministry On Monday, in order to increase its diplomatic efforts, Algeria created seven posts with special envoys, one responsible for Western Sahara and the Maghreb, and the other for African affairs, and in particular the Sahelo-Saharan geostrategy and the chairmanship of the Monitoring Committee. for the implementation of the Algiers Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali. These appointments reflect Algeria’s interests and priorities.

These appointments were accompanied by a large movement within the diplomatic corps: 70 new ambassadors were appointed, including young people, women and former senior officials, including some former ministers.

In the absence of Libyan diplomacy since the fall of the previous regime in 2011, as well as Algeria since 2014, Morocco has taken advantage of this vacuum and sought to invest it especially at the level of the African continent.

Interview with Hasni Abidi, a political scientist specializing in Arab countries and the Maghreb

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