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Algerian FM Defends ‘Sovereign’ Decision to Close Airspace to France

Algerian FM Defends ‘Sovereign’ Decision to Close Airspace to France

Sunday, 24 October, 2021 - 10:30
Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra gestures as he reads a statement from the country's president in Algiers on Aug.24, 2021. (AP)

Algeria defended on Saturday its “sovereign” decision to close its airspace to French military planes.

Algeria does not practice megaphone diplomacy, stressed Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra, noting that it works quietly and records its positions through diplomatic channels, reported the German news agency (dpa).

Algiers rejects any foreign intervention in its internal affairs, especially if this intervention is by a former colonizer, he told Russia’s RT Arabic channel, adding that the country’s ambassador in Paris is still in Algeria for consultations.

The FM underscored the historic ties and strategic agreement Algeria enjoys with Russia, adding that both countries regularly carry out consultations on African issues.

Commenting on the developments in Libya, Lamamra said Libyans have taken the initiative to control the fate of their country.

He expected the Libyan presidential and parliamentary elections to be held on time in December once organizational preparations are complete.

The FM further urged Libyan authorities to exert greater efforts to disarm militias so that they can protect their country’s sovereignty.

He cited the Berlin Conference that called for all foreign forces and mercenaries to withdraw from the country.

The withdrawal must not take place at the expense of the security and stability of the region and neighboring countries, Lamamra urged.

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