Algeria appreciates Syria's stance on Arab League
Algeria says that it strongly appreciates the position of the Syrian leadership in support of promoting joint Arab action, and pledges to coordinate and consult with Damascus throughout its presidency of the Arab Summit.
The Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Monday that it "strongly appreciates the Syrian leadership's stance in support of promoting joint Arab action," stressing "the pledge to coordinate and consult with Damascus throughout its presidency of the Arab Summit."
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs added that "Algeria has started a series of consultations with several brotherly Arab countries with the aim of boosting the necessary consensus, in the context of preparing for the 31st regular session of the Council of the Arab League summit, which will be held in Algeria on November 1, 2022."
The ministry indicated that "these consultations included the Syrian Arab Republic, as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad Ramtane Lamamra, commissioned by the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, paid a working visit to Damascus on June 24 and 25, 2022, where he met President Bashar Al-Assad and held talks with his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad.
The statement continued, "In this context, Algeria appreciates Syria's support for various means of promoting joint Arab action at the bilateral and collective levels in a way that benefits Arab national security in all its dimensions, as it clarified that the priority for it is to strengthen Arab-Arab relations and unite Arab ranks."
The statement stressed that "Algeria intends to continue its endeavors in the upcoming Arab summit," "through setting up the appropriate work mechanism and adopting the necessary methodology for this purpose."
The statement pointed out that "it was agreed between the Algerian and Syrian sides to intensify efforts within this approach, during the Algerian presidency, in order to achieve a new start for joint Arab action, based on reunification and upholding the values of solidarity in the midst of rapid changes at the regional and international levels, and the resulting challenges and opportunities."
This comes after Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad confirmed to his Algerian counterpart Ramtane Lamamra on Sunday his country prefers not to raise the issue of restoring Syria's membership in the Arab League during the upcoming summit.
In a statement, the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the reason is "Syria's keenness to contribute to uniting the Arab stance in facing the challenges posed by the current situation at the regional and international levels."
Lamamra had previously confirmed that his country is ready to hold the Arab summit scheduled for November 1.
On July 2, Lamamra stated that Algeria will do its best to reunite and strengthen Arab ties, stressing that Syria is a founding member of the League of Arab States, and must return to taking its seat in it.