Algeria (The Times Groupe)- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov landed in Algeria on Tuesday to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry announced in a Twitter post that Lavrov met with Algeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Community Abroad Ramtane Lamamra.
The Foreign Ministry said Lavrov took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the monument to Algerian War of Independence heroes.
During Lavrov’s visit to Algeria, Russian media reports that he will meet with President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.
A report on the state-run Algiers International Channel said Lavrov is “on a working visit” that coincides with the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Algeria and Russia.”
No official statement has been made about the files that will be discussed during the top Russian diplomat’s visit to Algeria.
An Algerian presidency statement on April 18 noted that Tebboune spoke by phone with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. During their conversation, the two “agreed on the importance of exchanging high-level visits between officials of both countries, and the upcoming meeting of the joint committee for economic cooperation”.
According to the same statement, the two leaders also discussed international developments, including tensions in Palestine and the Ukrainian crisis.
Lavrov’s visit comes just two days after Lamamra discussed in a phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba bilateral relations and international efforts to stop the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.
Currently, Algeria is part of a contact group formed by the Arab League to mediate a solution to the Ukrainian crisis. Algeria has adopted a neutral stance in the conflict.
Since the Ukraine war began on Feb. 24, at least 3,381 civilians have been killed and 3,680 others have been injured, according to UN estimates. The number is believed to be much higher.
UNHCR says more than 5.8 million people have fled to other countries, with some 7.7 million people internally displaced.