Tuesday, 01 September 2015

The director of Algeria’s Al-Ra’ed Center for Studies, Suleiman Shnin, has expressed his belief that his country is heading towards a “complicated security and political situation”, Anadolu agency reported on Monday.

Analyzing the repeated visits of the American officials to his country, Shnin said he expected Algeria to become a “strategic [US] ally in the war on terror,” citing the security and political “ambiguity” surrounding the visits of the officials.

In a statement, Shnin said that other international and regional officials have visited Algeria in addition to the American personnel.

“Nothing about the reasons for the visits has been declared,” he said, noting that the visit of the Chief of US National Information Department James Robert Clapper was the most important. Clapper is a security adviser for the US president.

Also significant, said Shnin, were the visits from the president of Mali and several Libyan officials.

Based on remarks of US Secretary of State John Kerry regarding Algeria’s role as a “strategic ally in fighting terror”, Shnin said that “we deduce that this is an American desire to develop the Algerian role” in the fight against terror in the region.

Shnin also gave special attention to the visit of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamed Javad Zarif amid media reports about a potential political solution for the Syrian issue, with Algeria as a possible host country for the safe exit of Bashar Al-Assad.

“Amidst of all what is going on, we, the Algerians, have no sources of information as our officials only produce briefed protocol remarks that are not longer than two lines,” he said.

Source: Middle East Monitor.

Link: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/americas/20764-complicated-security-and-political-situation-in-algeria.