Top Iranian, Algerian Diplomats Discuss Visa Abolition, African Union, Israel

© AFP 2023 / STRIranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. - Sputnik International, 1920, 08.07.2023
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Saturday that he had discussed with his Algerian counterpart, Ahmed Attaf, a wide range of issues, including the abolition of the visa regime between the two countries, the African Union and Israel's intention to join the organization.
"The relations between Iran and Algeria are at a pretty high level. We have always had a dialogue, and we will continue along this path. We have agreed to take the first step towards abolishing visas for politicians of both countries, and then towards abolishing ordinary, tourist visas," Amirabdollahian was quoted by the Tasnim news agency as saying at a joint press conference with Attaf.
The top Iranian diplomat also discussed the African Union with his Algerian counterpart and expressed Tehran's gratitude for Algiers' strong opposition to Israel's membership in the organization.
In mid-February, the Israeli delegation was escorted out of the African Union's meeting in Addis Ababa at the request of Algeria and South Africa. In response to this move, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Lior Haiat said that the African Union had been "taken hostage by a small number of extremist countries such as Algeria and South Africa driven by hatred and controlled by Iran."
From left, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat, Comoros President Azali Assoumani, Senegal President Macky Sall, and Ethiopia President Abiy Ahmed, attend the ceremony to appoint Assoumani as the new African Union (AU) chairperson, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023. The 36th African Union Summit is taking place in the Ethiopian capital this weekend. (AP Photo) - Sputnik International, 1920, 20.02.2023
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