UK Says Ready to Cooperate with Algeria in Defense Industry

Heappey meets with Chanegriha. (Algeria’s Ministry of National Defense)
Heappey meets with Chanegriha. (Algeria’s Ministry of National Defense)
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UK Says Ready to Cooperate with Algeria in Defense Industry

Heappey meets with Chanegriha. (Algeria’s Ministry of National Defense)
Heappey meets with Chanegriha. (Algeria’s Ministry of National Defense)

British Minister of State for the Armed Forces James Stephen Heappey has said that the UK acknowledges the historic Algerian-Russian ties.

The UK is willing to help Ukraine reach the goals determined by the people and democratically-elected government, he added. 

He made his remarks in an interview on Wednesday with TSA (Tout sur l'Algérie) on the occasion of his visit to Algiers last Sunday.

The British official affirmed that the UK government respects Algeria’s impartiality regarding the West-Russia conflict in the Ukrainian war.

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune stated months ago that his country stands at an equal distance from the warring sides.

The President was scheduled to visit Moscow by the end of last year but the visit was postponed till May for undeclared reasons.

The UK deals with Algeria on the basis of respect and cooperation regarding the war in Ukraine, Heappey said, adding that it is keen on regularly briefing Algeria about the British concerns regarding the Russian operations in Ukraine.

“We also help Algeria diversify its defense capabilities and equipment.”

The North African region has a vital significance according to the UK, Heappey said.

“They have shared interests in maritime security, freedom of navigation, and the protection of the countries against terrorism and other dangerous forms of organized crime.”

He added that his visit to Algeria aimed to “reinforce bilateral ties”, confirming the long-term defense relations that stand on mutual partnership and respect.

He stressed his country’s openness to cooperating with Algeria in the defense industry.

Furthermore, Chief of Staff of the Algerian People's National Army General Said Chanegriha received Heappey on Sunday to explore ways to enhance defense cooperation.

Heappey expressed UK's desire to take military cooperation with Algeria to a higher level.

The meeting, held at the General Staff of the Algerian Army, dealt with the shared security challenges, including those relating to Africa, according to a statement from the Algerian Ministry of National Defense.

Moreover, Heappey met the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Community abroad, Amar Belani.

The Algerian-British talks focused on several regional and international issues of common interest, including the situation in Libya, Mali, and the Sahel region in general.

Regarding Western Sahara, the Algerian and British sides affirmed their support for the efforts of the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Staffan De Mistura, aimed at encouraging the two parties to the conflict to relaunch the negotiation process to achieve a permanent and mutually acceptable political solution.



White House: Qatar and Egypt Plan Talks with Hamas on Gaza Ceasefire

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White House: Qatar and Egypt Plan Talks with Hamas on Gaza Ceasefire

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, US, May 22, 2024. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo Purchase Licensing Rights
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White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Saturday that mediators for Qatar and Egypt plan to engage Hamas militants soon to see if there is a way to push ahead with a Gaza ceasefire proposal offered by US President Joe Biden.

Sullivan spoke to reporters on the sidelines of a Ukraine peace summit and was asked about diplomatic efforts to get an agreement for Hamas to release some hostages held since Oct. 7 in exchange for a ceasefire lasting at least six weeks.

Sullivan said he had spoken briefly to one of the main interlocutors, Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, and that they would speak again about Gaza on Sunday while both are in Switzerland for the Ukraine conference, Reuters reported.

Hamas has welcomed the ceasefire proposal, but insists any agreement must secure an end to the war, a demand Israel still rejects. Israel described Hamas's response to the new US peace proposal as total rejection.

Sullivan said that US officials have taken a close look at Hamas's response.

"We think some of the edits are not unexpected and can be managed. Some of them are inconsistent both with what President Biden laid out and what the UN Security Council endorsed. And we are having to deal with that reality," he said.

He said US officials believe there remains an avenue to an agreement and that the next step will be for Qatari and Egyptian mediators to talk to Hamas and "go through what can be worked with and what really can’t be worked with."

"We anticipate a back-and-forth between the mediators and Hamas. We’ll see where we stand at that point. We will keep consulting with the Israelis and then hopefully at some point next week we’ll be able to report to you where we think things stand and what we see as being the next step to try to bring this to closure," he said.