Algerian President Houari Boumedienne is touring the Middle East seeking Arab support for the "Rejectionist Front" which is opposed to egyptian President Anwar Sadat's peace initiative.
Algerian President Houari Boumedienne is touring the Middle East seeking Arab support for the "Rejectionist Front" which is opposed to egyptian President Anwar Sadat's peace initiative. The Algerian leader arrived in Abu Dhabi on Friday (6 January).
SYNOPSIS: President Houari Boumedienne flew to the United Arab Emirates state of Abu Dhabi from Bahrain. He was greeted at the airport by the President of the U.S.E., Sheikh Zaid Bin Sultan Al-Nahayan. It was the fourth country to be visited on his Middle East tour.
Officials said that the purpose of the visit was for the two countries to exchange views on the current situation in the Arab world in the light of recent developments regarding Egyptian-Israeli peace talks.
After the official airport welcome, the two leaders held a session of talks at the Al-Mushraf palace. The talks were said to centre on the question of Arab acceptance of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's peace settlement plans with Israel, and also the strengthening of bilateral relations between Algeria and the U.A.E. The Algerian Foreign Minister, Abdul Aziz Boutafhka, attended the discussions along with officials from both countries. President Boumedienne's visit has been interpreted as a mission seeking support for the 'hardliner' Arab countries which have rejected President Sadat's peace initiatives. Algeria is one of four - the others are the Libyan Jamahiriyah, Syria and the Yemen People's Democratic Republic - who formed the 'Rejectionist Front' at a Tripoli summit meeting in December last year.