ALGERIA: "Tragedy of Syrian refugees isn't business," says Lamamra.

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27.04.2017-Algiers/ Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra on Tuesday referred to the accusations made by Morocco against Algeria   regarding Syrian refugees, and called this issue "sensitive and delicate," stressing that "this tragedy must not be used as a business.

 "  In a statement to the press on the sidelines of the conference on "Freedom of worship in Algeria," at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Lamamra said Algeria "did not take the initiative to inform the public opinion of this incident that occurred at borders although we had accurate information provided by our security services," stating that the Foreign Ministry's reaction was "a response to our Moroccan brothers' attitude."

  "This is a sensitive and delicate matter. The tragedy suffered by our Syrian brothers must not be used as a business," stressed the Algerian top diplomat.  

 As regards the crisis in Libya, Lamamra recalled the holding of the 11th meeting of Libya's neighbouring countries on 8 May in Algiers, saying that the Algerian state "has taken the initiative to send a member of the government to listen to Libyans without intermediary," in reference to Minister of Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel's visit to Libya.  

 "Messahel encouraged Libyan brothers and handed them a message from President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika, a message that reflects Algeria's efforts for the promotion of dialogue and reconciliation with a view to building a unified, sovereign and independent Libyan state."

 Besides, Lamamra refused to comment on the results of the first round of the presidential elections in France, and said that "we must wait for the results of the second round.

 "Candidate Emmanuel Macron is "a friend of Algeria," he stressed.


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