BAKU – Wednesday, 05 July 2023 (APS) – Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad Ahmed Attaf affirmed Wednesday, in Baku (Azerbaijan), Algeria’s commitments to the values and principles of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), underpinning its balanced and cautious positions vis-à-vis the different regional and international developments, in a global context marked by accelerated disruptions, growing tensions and exacerbated polarization.   

“Algeria, which is poised to assume its role as permanent member of the Security Council, reaffirms its commitment to NAM’s principles and values, which underpin its balanced and cautious positions vis-à-vis the different regional and international developments and which also represent the source of its efforts and initiatives aimed at spreading peace and security,” said Attaf in a speech during NAM ministerial meeting.

In this regard, Attaf underlined the Algerian mediation between Russia and Ukraine, broached during the visit of President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune to Moscow, as a “serious and effective contribution to the good offices to end this crisis, by promoting a peaceful solution in line with the principles and objectives of the United Nations Charter and the security concerns of the two parties to the conflict,” with which Algeria has “genuine historical friendship relations.”

“Algeria has intensified its collaboration with its international partners to reduce the effects of the global crisis, notably in energy, by maintaining and strengthening its role as a reliable and highly credible supplier,” said the minister, stressing Algeria’s conviction, at the international level, about the necessity of “joining, effectively and collectively, the multilateral international action to develop joint and global solutions that would benefit the whole humanity.”

As regards the situation at the regional level, the minister underlined Algeria’s firm conviction about “the necessity of reactivating the close correlation between security and development, in order to take up the multi-dimensional challenges weighing on the Sahel-Saharan region,” pointing out that Algeria is acting to achieve it, if only by “a modest contribution,” through several development projects for many brotherly African countries.

In this regard, Attaf stressed Algeria’s efforts to revive the implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, stemming from Algiers process, and its support to the political process sponsored by the United Nations in Libya, likely to “organize free and fair elections meeting the aspirations of the Libyan people for a modern democratic State, in addition to its condemnation in the strongest terms the continuation of hostilities between the brothers in Sudan and the resulting terrible losses.”

He stressed that “Algeria welcomes the positions of principle included in the draft final communiqué of this meeting, as it clearly and transparently support the inalienable rights of the Palestinian and Sahrawi peoples, in accordance with the rules of the international law and the pertinent resolutions of the United Nations.”