Algeria rejects severance of ties with Egypt
ALGIERS – Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said Monday that Algeria does not interfere in Egypt's internal affairs, noting that suspension of Egypt's membership in the African Union (AU) "was a precautionary measure."
Lamamra slammed critics of the visit of Egyptian Foreign Minister, saying “Nobody can give lessons to Algeria in this matter.”
Lamamra stressed that his country recognises countries, not regimes and governments.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi urged the (AU) to restore Egypt's membership suspended after the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi.
Fahmi, who was on a two-day visit to Algeria, indicated at a joint press conference with his Algerian counterpart Ramtane Lamamra that the decision to freeze Egypt's AU membership "was wrong and did not take into consideration the specific circumstances that Egypt was facing."
Fahmi called on the AU's Peace and Security Council "to review the decision quickly," given that "Egypt is in the process of issuing a new constitution, ahead of bringing back the constitutional structure into force."
The Council suspended Egypt's AU membership on July 5, 2013, two days after the ouster of Morsi, saying the overthrow of Morsi was "unconstitutional."
Lamamra, who used to be the chairman of the Council, stressed hopes that Egyptians come out of the ordeal.
Fahmi's visit to Algeria would "boost dialogue and political consultation between the two countries and renew bilateral cooperation and coordination on the regional and international issues of common interest," he said.
Fahmi arrived in Algeria on Sunday and met with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and other senior officials.
He said he had handed to the Algerian president a letter from interim Egyptian President Adli Mansour on bilateral cooperation and a number of issues of common interest.
He discussed with Bouteflika "ways to intensify bilateral cooperation through specific steps, as well as a couple of current issues such as the situation in Syria and Palestine as well as the reform of the Arab League," the Egyptian minister said.
Fahmi also noted that his visit to Algeria "is not meant to discuss the internal situation in Egypt..." but aimed at "enhancing bilateral cooperation in various fields." He refuted reports that Egypt requested a loan from Algeria.