Abu Dhabi – Algeria has joined mediation talks over the Gulf crisis with Qatar, as Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulqader Musahel met on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi with his UAE counterpart, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
In a statement, the Algerian foreign affairs ministry said that talks have touched on the ongoing crisis in the Gulf, the situation in Libya and Yemen, and Israeli violations of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The two officials also discussed bilateral relations and views regarding latest developments in the region.
A statement issued by the Emirates News Agency said that Sheikh Abdullah has stressed during the meeting that the relationship between the two countries was based on understanding and shared points of view on issues of common interest.
He noted “a constant desire to advance bilateral relations towards wider horizons, to answer the aspirations of the leadership and people of both countries”.
Musahel, for his part, described relations between the UAE and Algeria as “exemplary and strategic”, stressing both countries’ determination to strengthen cooperation in all areas.
He also praised the UAE’s role at the Arab and international level, a well as its continuous efforts to resolve regional and international issues.
Meanwhile, sources said that Algeria was seeking to join mediation efforts with regards to the crisis with Qatar.
The sources also noted that the Algerian minister, following his visit to the UAE, would head to Cairo to preside over an extraordinary session of the Arab League which would focus on the Israeli violations of holy sites, in particular the new measures imposed on Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.