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Newsline: Algeria recalls ambassador to Spain for consultations

Algeria has summoned its ambassador to Spain back for consultations over Madrid’s recent comments on Western Sahara, the foreign affairs ministry said on Saturday. “The Algerian authorities were very surprised by the surprising statements of the highest authorities in Spain on the issue of Western Sahara,” it said. (https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/algeria-recalls-ambassador-spain-consultations-2022-03-19/) Algeria is a key gas supplier to Spain and Italy. Spain and Morocco moved to patch up a diplomatic dispute on Friday as Madrid shifted closer towards Rabat’s position on the conflict in Western Sahara and said “a new phase in relations” had begun.

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