Algeria's Third Reaction Since The Outbreak Of Qatar-Gulf Crisis

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General Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, Hassan Rabahi, met with Qatar Ambassador to Algeria, Ibrahim Ben Abdelaziz Al-Sahlawi.

The meeting was held in the midst of the deepening crisis between Qatar and its neighbors Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. In addition to Egypt, as Doha is looking for a way to go out of the siege.

Qatari Foreign Minister made a brief statement about the meeting which took place at the Algerian Foreign Ministry, on Saturday, as it said: "During the meeting, the bilateral relationships were discussed and ways of supporting and developing them in addition to issues of common concern". The meeting did not issue a statement on it.

Services of the Minister Abdelkader Messahel, who is in Nigeria, did not comment on the meeting and did not issue a statement.

It is clear from the meeting that Doha is looking for "allies" in its rivalry with its neighbors, since Algeria committed to "positive neutrality" since the outbreak of the case a week ago, a position that was expressed in a statement about cutting off the diplomatic relationships with Qatar by Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Manama and Cairo, as the Foreign Ministry said: "Algeria is following with great interest the deterioration of relations between some Gulf States and the countries of the Gulf region, and its repercussions on the unity and solidarity of the Arab world", 

"After the call of the world countries to pursue dialogue as a single way to settle the conflict that may affect the relationships between states, Algeria called for the need for commitment to the principle of good neighborliness and non-interference in the internal affairs of States and respect for national sovereignty in all circumstances."

"Algeria remains confident that the current difficulties are circumstantial and that wisdom and reservation will prevail in the end, especially as the real challenges that stand in the way of Arab countries and peoples towards effective solidarity and real unity are many like terrorism".

Earlier, Qatari Foreign Minister, Mohamed Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Thani, held a phone conversation with his counterpart, Abdelkader Messahel, but the Qatari Foreign Ministry's statement did not reveal the reasons for this phone call, and said only that he had similar contacts with his counterparts in Morocco, Tunisia and Sudan, which means that the talks between the parties focused on the crisis between Qatar and its neighbors in the Arab Gulf region.

Algeria has strong relationships with Doha, as senior officials of the two countries exchange visits in close periods, and in return, Algeria has close relations with the Gulf countries, especially Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and in the visit of Abdelmalek Sallal to Riyadh he issued a statement that was praised by Saudis, when he said: "The Algerians will be like one man to defend the land of the Two Holy Mosques", and the statements of the adviser to the presidency, Tayeb Belaiz from Riyadh, who asserted the strength of bilateral relationships between the two countries, and deepening the strength of relationships with the UAE in the large investments that are made in Algeria.

Algeria maintained its principles on the "Gulf crisis", refusing to intervene in the affairs of states, but calls for containment of the dispute through joining the dialogue table, without aligning to any party.

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