Algeria is keen on its Arab Summit next November, but many pitfalls may prevent it from organizing the event. Indeed, some sources report a “consensus” between Egypt and the Gulf countries to postpone this meeting so dear to the Algiers regime. But not only, because other differences on several issues, risk screwing up the event so prized by the senile regime of Algiers, including of course the Nahda or Renaissance dam and Algeria’s acquaintances with Iran. which anger the Gulf countries.
For now, Algeria still believes in it despite rumors of yet another postponement. It is that the Arab summit, initially scheduled for March 2020, then scheduled for March 2022, is struggling to project itself into November even if the senile people of Algiers assure that their country is ready to host the event. “This meeting will be held on the date indicated”, declared the head of Algerian diplomacy, Ramtame Lamamra. “Preparations are underway, and Algeria is ready to receive the participating delegations,” he added. But the reality is different, because several Egyptian and Gulf media sources are outbidding the postponement of the summit in the absence of consensus on a number of issues such as the position of the Algiers regime on the Renaissance dam which has also accentuated the Egyptian-Algerian crisis.
Indeed, the current rapprochement between Algeria and Ethiopia, highlighted by the recent visit of the Ethiopian Prime Minister to Algeria, compromises the holding of the next Arab League summit in Algiers, scheduled for early November. As two Egyptian diplomats revealed to Al-Araby Al-Jadid, there is a consensus between Egyptians and senior Gulf officials on the ‘difficulty’ of holding the Arab League meeting “in light of the current Arab and regional crisis”. According to the sources, certain aspects of Algeria’s foreign policy have caused reluctance on the part of Gulf officials to hold the next Arab summit. These include Algeria’s relations with Iran, its lack of support for Arab nations vis-à-vis Tehran, its desire to join Syria in the Arab League and its confrontation with the Morocco.
In early July, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of Algeria’s independence, Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde also visited the country. After taking part in the celebrations, she began a three-day state visit. During his trip, Zewde also announced the holding of the Algerian-Ethiopian Joint Commission in September, indicating that the dialogue between Addis Ababa and Algiers will continue with the aim of strengthening their ties. Not to the liking of Egypt, which is embroiled in a decade-long diplomatic dispute with Ethiopia over the water resources of the Nile. Since the construction of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in 2011 – one of Africa’s most ambitious projects, Egypt and Sudan have accused Addis Ababa of threatening their Nile water supplies.
In this conflict, Cairo receives significant support from several countries, including Morocco, which in May announced its support for “Egypt’s water security”, calling it “an integral part of Arab water security”. “. Rabat reportedly even called for “abandoning unilateral policies on international rivers” and respecting international law, alluding directly to Ethiopian practices related to the GERD. Algeria, for its part, has recognized the “Ethiopia’s full right to develop its natural resources”, as well as his desire toshare experiences in protecting water resources“. The silent crisis between Algiers and Cairo began shortly after a visit by the Algerian president to Egypt aimed at strengthening bilateral relations with President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi.
This probably went wrong since the summit with Kuwait, Algeria and Egypt which was to take place just after had been canceled. But since Algeria has suffered setback after setback so much so that it has decided to keep a low profile and make concessions as for the Syria file which it defended body and soul for a return to the Arab family. Is it Algiers or Damascus? Still, Syria has decided not to hinder Algeria by postponing its decision to reintegrate the Arab family to another summit. The question of the Sahara is not to be outdone and is also an integral part of the disagreement, because Algeria absolutely insists on including the conflict on the agenda of the Summit, in vain moreover. This is without counting on the influential Arab countries in the decision-making of the Arab League and which recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over the Sahara. Another setback for Algiers!