Algiers — President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune has granted an interview to the Qatari news channel Al Jazeera, to be broadcast on Tuesday, in which he raised several crucial national and regional issues, such as the Libyan crisis and the Palestinian conflict, according to a summary published on the Facebook page of the presidency of the Republic.
At the domestic level, the president of the Republic said “the genuine and blessed Hirak (protest movement) has saved the Algerian State from failure.”
The gang “wanted to exploit the illness of the former president to grab power for another five years,” President Tebboune said.
Mentioning corruption, he said that “its scale is so important that we continue to discover its apparent and occult ramifications today,” adding that “imports were monopolized in the hands of about fifty people, who had absolute power to decide who could invest in Algeria.”
The head of State said that Algerian justice has “seized and recovered, for the benefit of the Treasury, all known assets of the issaba,” adding that “Algeria works together with friendly countries in Europe and around the world to discover and recover the misappropriated assets.”
President Tebboune said that Algeria “experienced the 1st Arab Spring during the events of October 1988.”
At the political level, President Tebboune said “Algeria has definitively got rid of ideological Islam” and “the active Islamist movement in Algeria is different from Islamist movements in other countries.”
“Thanks to its peaceful nature, the genuine Hirak came out victorious under the protection of security services and the army,” the head of State said, noting however that “the parties behind recent marches were unknown and these demonstrations are no longer unified in terms of claims or slogans.”
“There have been no protest marches in fifty Algerian provinces in recent times.”
On the Palestinian issue, “Algeria’s position is constant, imprescriptible and immutable”.
Mentioning the agreement reached in the framework of the Arab League on the basis of the principle of “land against peace,” which provides for the establishment of the State of Palestine as a prerequisite for peace, President Tebboune said “there is unfortunately neither peace nor land today,” wondering about the usefulness of normalization (with Israel).
“Algeria enjoys stability thanks to the strength of its Army” and “he who said that Algeria will fall after Syria is mistaken,” he said.
On relations with neighboring Morocco, President Tebboune said: “we have no problem with Morocco. Morocco has a problem with us.”
The issue of Western Sahara has been, for four decades, in the hands of the UN Special Committee on decolonization. The United Nations consider the Western Sahara as a colony.
Concerning the Libyan crisis, President Tebboune underscored that Algeria has refused that Tripoli “falls into the hands of the mercenaries,” adding that “it was ready to intervene, one way or another, to prevent its collapse.”
“The Libyan brothers asked that the Libyan reconciliation take place in Algeria and that is what the head of the Libyan government of national unity confirmed during his last visit to Algeria,” he added.
Underlining that the instability in Libya has had repercussions on the situation in Mali and Sahel, President Tebboune said that “caravans loaded with heavy and light weapons were detected by satellites heading towards the Sahel region without being intercepted.”
As regards the relations with France, President Tebboune broached the existence in France of three lobbies, explaining that “the first is that of old colonists who left Algeria after the independence and transmitted their hatred to their descendents, the second one is the extension of the French secret Army and the third lobby comprises the Algerians who chose to support France.”
Concerning the editorial of the newspaper “Le Monde” about Algeria, President Tebboune said that Algeria of which this paper talked about “isn’t the Algeria that we know.”