NEW YORK (UN) – Sunday, 25 September 2022 (APS) – Algeria’s efforts to resolve international crises and defend the right of colonized peoples to self-determination were highly praised at the series of meetings held by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra, on Saturday in New York, with high-ranking personalities on the sidelines of the work of the 77th United Nations (UN) General Assembly (GA).

The intense activity of Lamamra at the UN headquarters and the series of meetings and high-level meetings he held was an opportunity to highlight the priorities of Algeria’s foreign policy and reaffirm its principled positions on liberation issues in the world, positions “highly welcomed” by several officials he met.

Algeria is one of the first countries to express its “full support” to the official request submitted by the President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, to the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres, for his country (currently a non-member observer state) to become a full member of the UN organization. Apart from Algeria, no other country has so far commented specifically on this Palestinian request.

During his participation in the ministerial meeting of the Committee of the Non-Aligned Movement on Palestine, Lamamra expressed Algeria’s “support for the Palestinian request to become the 194th member state of the United Nations,” stressing that the membership of Palestine “will contribute to the settlement of the Palestinian issue and will lead the occupying power to assume its responsibilities.”

Algeria’s FM also stressed that the upcoming Arab Summit in Algiers will be an “important step to advance the issue of inter-Palestinian reconciliation and revive the peace process in the Middle East.”

Based on the principle supporting the right of colonized peoples to self-determination, Algeria reaffirmed the inevitability of decolonization in Western Sahara so that the Sahrawi people exercise its inalienable and imprescriptible right to self-determination and independence, in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations and its doctrine on decolonization.

During a meeting with the Sahrawi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Salem Ould Salek, Lamamra reiterated the “constant and principled position of Algeria on the just Sahrawi cause.”