Sep 25, 2020 14:08 UTC
  • Algeria rules out rapprochement with Israel, says ready to host meeting of Palestine factions

Algeria has once again rejected any normalization of relations with the illegal Zionist entity, saying that Algiers is prepared to host a meeting of Palestinian factions as part of its efforts to support the Palestinian cause.

Ammar Belhimer, the Algerian minister of communication and the government spokesman, told Lebanon's al-Mayadeen TV channel that the cause of Palestinian nation is the top issue of Algeria.

“The Palestinian nation’s cause is a sacred one. Algeria considers it as its most important cause. This is a matter of fairness, and our position is clear, straightforward, and fixed on it,” he said.

The spokesman said Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has on various occasions stressed the country would not welcome and support normalization of relations with Israel.

In his Thursday virtual address to the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations, the Algerian president said the right of the Palestinian people to have a state with al-Quds as its capital cannot be traded away.

“Once again, we express our firm support for the Palestinian people and their inalienable and non-negotiable right to establish their independent, sovereign state with al-Quds as its capital,” Tebboune said, stressing that the Palestinian cause remained a “sacred cause for Algeria and its people”.

In his Friday comments, the Algerian spokesman echoed the president’s remarks and said, “Algeria’s position is always clear and transparent, and that is non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries, and [finding] a peaceful and internal solution to settle the crises.”

The spokesman expressed his country’s preparedness to invite all Palestinian groups to a comprehensive meeting in Algeria considering the amicable ties it has with them.

He also reiterated his country’s call on the Arab League to revise its structure and mechanism so that its operation would become more effective and serve the interests of all countries without any exception.

Palestinian factions have praised President Tebboune for his government's strong opposition to any bids aimed at establishing ties with Israel, calling on Arab rulers to follow suit and reject normalization.

The factions, in a joint statement released on Monday, lauded Algeria’s stance as “the authentic Arab position that embraces and supports the Palestinian cause,” al-Mayadeen reported.

On Sunday, Tebboune strongly criticized the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain over signing normalization agreements with the Tel Aviv regime at the White House last week.

The Algerian president emphasized that his country would never be part of an agreement to normalize relations with the Tel Aviv regime.