President of the Republic: Algeria will not send troops to Sahel region

President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune said Monday evening that Algeria will not send its troops to the Sahel and Algeria will not send its children abroad to sacrifice themselves for others.

During the periodic meeting with head’s of local media, broadcast yesterday night in EPTV Channel, Abdelmadjid Tebboune said that “Algeria remains an African power, our army is strong and we have succeeded in preserving our extension in Africa and elsewhere, it is out of question to send our people’s children to sacrifice themselves for others, this decision will be made if there is a need for deterrence”.

The President stressed, in this context, that “France is well aware of Algeria’s strong influence in Africa”, adding that “Algeria’s doctrine is based on working to ensure democracy and to support building of States.”

Regarding the Sahrawi cause, President Tebboune affirmed that Algeria “will not abandon the issue of Western Sahara, an issue that was disposed in 1989 at a meeting that brought together Moroccan sovereign Hassan II, Saudi King Fahd Ben Abdelaziz, and the former President Chadli Ben Jdid. They agreed, at the request of Morocco King Hassan II, that the issue of Western Sahara remains within the prerogatives of the UN and for a resumption of relations between the two countries,” referring to the meeting that led to the creation of the Arab Maghreb Union.

Regarding the Arab Summit set to be held in Algiers in 2020 and postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the President of the Republic recalled that Algeria had expressed its full readiness to host the Summit, “we do not want to risk people’s lives, however, the Summit is therefore postponed until the end of the pandemic”.

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