US Ambassador to Algeria, John Desrocher, continued its series of meetings with political parties in Algeria, in a move that appears to be an attempt to explore the positions of political actors in the country on the presidential elections, which are less than four months away.
He wrote on his own Twitter page in Arabic: “There were interesting discussions today (Monday) with the head of Tadjamo Amal Al Djazair party (TAJ), Amar Ghoul. A new meeting was held in the framework of a series of meetings with political party leaders ahead of the presidential election of 2019”.
The meeting of the US ambassador with the former Public Works Minister followed the initiative that was launched by the latter under the title “National Symposium for a New Algeria”, and the debate that this initiative left during the first conference of Amar Ghoul party, which was attended by all leaders of Mascara pro-government parties, last week end.
It seems that the American diplomat moved to the utmost speed to try to understand the rapid developments in the political arena that have not only confused Algerians, but also extended to foreign diplomatic representations, which are still required to provide their governments with information to enable them to better understand what is going on.
The last meeting of the US ambassador with the leaders of the political parties was the one that brought him together with the head of the Al Mostakbal Front, Abdelaziz Belaid, about a week ago, which was followed by another meeting between Desrocher and the Foreign Minister, Abdelkader Messahel.
Prior to this, on November,27, Desrocher was the guest of the head of the Movement for a Society of Peace, Abderrazzak Makri, and the talks were described by the American diplomat as exciting, as he wrote in a tweet: “Interesting discussions focused on the future of Algeria and the strengthening of relationships between the United States and Algeria”.
Desrocher’s meeting with the leader of the Movement for a Society of Peace is the second of its kind in less than a year, signaling the importance that Washington attaches to the Islamic movement in Algeria, which is the largest loser among the parties to the political equation in the country compared to neighbors in the east and west of the country.
Earlier, he visited the leaders of the pro-government parties, headed by the former General-Secretary of the National Liberation Front, Djamal Ould Abbas, and the General-Secretary of the National Democratic Rally, Ahmed Ouyahia, in his capacity as Prime Minister.
The US Ambassador’s activity was not limited to talking with leaders and officials of political parties, but it also extended to visits to leaders of some of the country’s provinces.
He met with a number of governors, such as Adrar’s governor, Hammou Bekkouche, Ouargla’s governor, Abdelkader Djallaoui, Setif governor, Ahmed Badi, and Batna governor, Abdelkhalek Sayouda.
The meetings that brought together the American ambassador to the various political parties and the various actors in the political scene, and the ministers and state governors, will enable Desrocher to gather the indicators which he needs to enable him to formulate a comprehensive vision of the forthcoming presidential elections, which secrets are still ambiguous despite the approaching of its date.