Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that Russia’s Special Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Russian Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, had received the Algerian Ambassador, Ismail Benmara, in the capital, Moscow.
The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Special Representative for the Middle East and Africa, held bilateral talks with the Algerian ambassador in Moscow, which focused on developing strategic partnership relations between Russia and Algeria, including the planned contacts schedule at various levels, according to the communication.
During the discussions, the two sides exchanged views and visions on regional and international issues of common concern, foremost of which is the Sahara conflict, in light of UN Security Council Resolution No. 2654 on the Sahara, and the call for resuming the political process for the file, in good faith, without preconditions, and based on what the envoy has achieved. The former Personal Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Sahara conflict, Horst Köhler, as well as supporting the efforts of the current Personal Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the conflict, Staffan de Mistura.
The Russian Foreign Ministry added that the two officials also recalled the situation in the Sahel and Sahara region, similar to the Libyan file, and the situation in Mali, among other African issues.
It is worth taking a look that Russia, along with Kenya, abstained from voting on the UN Security Council resolution on the Sahara, which was approved in the session last October 27, due to its refusal of US control over it, and its failure to consult it or take into account the observations it made about the wording of the resolution.