Washington considers Algeria as Afghanistan and Iraq

By appointing David Peres as the new US Ambassador to Algiers

Washington considers Algeria as Afghanistan and Iraq

El Khabar, 31 August 2008

The new US Ambassador to Algeria, David Peres has started officially his mission, this week, after presenting his credentials to Algeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mourad Medelci as the new representative of the United States of America. He is expected to be received by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in accordance to diplomatic protocols. However, by appointing David Peres as a successor to the former Ambassador to Algiers Robert Ford, the United States has, completely, changed her vision to Algeria. In fact, Algeria is no more considered by Washington among France’s influence spheres. It does no more require appointing an Ambassador familiar with French affairs, as it used to be since the independence of Algeria. The US has consecrated its strategy towards Algeria, on the political, geographical and security points of view, while ranking it among what Washington calls: “the Greater Middle East region,” extending from North Africa to Afghanistan. Appointing David Peres as the new US Ambassador to Algeria after serving in Iraq is a recognition of his competence in terms of taking care of the US interests in a key country like Algeria; with its security problems which the White House considers as similar to the situation in Iraq. Moreover, it seems that the US still considers Algeria as an “exam field” to promote her diplomats to ambassadors. Yet, Washington is still unable adopting a stable policy towards it, based on the full knowledge of details of its political background and realities.

 

31-08-2008 By N.G/ Translation by A. Ait El Hara