Monday, 16 August 2010

Mubarak sends Ramadan greetings to Bouteflika

According to the Egyptian press, Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak telephoned President Abdelaziz Bouteflika this week to send him seasons greetings at the start of Ramadan.

This is apparently the first communication between the two leaders since Mubarak's brief visit to Algeria in July following the death of Bouteflika's brother.

If this was an attempt at rapprochement by Egypt, it does not appear to have been met with much warmth on the Algerian side. According to a government spokesperson quoted in the Algerian media: “Relations between the two countries have still not returned to normal.”

For more news and expert analysis about Algeria please see Algeria Focus, Sahara Focus and Algeria Politics & Security.

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