Algeria defends 'non-intervention' stand in message to Riyadh

Algerian president, in a message to Saudi Arabia's King Salman, stresses that non-interference was a principle for Algiers 'and not, as it may appear, a sign of opposition to Arab partners'

Algeria defends 'non-intervention' stand in message to Riyadh

World Bulletin / News Desk

Algeria has defended Monday its stand against foreign military intervention, in a message to Saudi Arabia with which ties are strained over the Yemen conflict and Lebanon.

It said President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in a message to Saudi Arabia's King Salman, stressed that non-interference was a principle for Algiers "and not, as it may appear, a sign of opposition to Arab partners".

He tasked his adviser Tayeb Belaiz with delivering the message to King Salman and at the same time inviting him to visit Algeria.

Algeria has refused to join a Saudi-led military coalition which has for the past year fought against Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen or to sign up to a designation by Riyadh and its Gulf neighbours of Lebanon's Shiite militant group Hezbollah as a "terrorist" organisation.

Belaiz said Algiers always supports "peaceful political solutions" and "rejects violence, which, from its point of view, leads to more violence".

Last Mod: 05 Nisan 2016, 14:39
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