Alwaght- Algeria is demanding Syria’s reinstatement to the Arab League after its suspension over six years ago when foreign-backed terrorists invaded the country.
Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel made the remarks in an interviews with Russia Today Arabic. Referring to the close ties between Algiers and Damascus, he urged the restoration of Syria's membership in the Pan-Arab body.
The Arab League suspended Syria's membership in November 2011, citing alleged crackdown by Damascus on opposition protests. Syria has reiterated that it is fighting foreign-backed militancy and denounced the move as "illegal and a violation of the organization’s charter.”
During the March Arab League summit held in Jordan, Saudi Arabia is said to have rejected the inclusion of the Syrian flag the meeting.
Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Algeria have called for the return of the Syrian regime to the Arab League, but their attempts were rejected by some Persian Gulf countries, led by Saudi Arabia.
Syria blames Saudi Arabia of being one of the main backers of Takfiri terrorists wreaking havoc in the country.
Elsewhere in his interview, Messahel reiterated the need for resolution of all differences in the region, including the diplomatic crisis involving Qatar on one side, and a Saudi-led bloc on the other.
The widening rift in the region erupted on June 5, when Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Egypt severed ties with Qatar.
The Algerian foreign minister, meanwhile, asserted that his country’s ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran do not conflict with its relations with Arab countries.
Saudi Arabia cut its ties with Iran in January last year after angry protests in front of its Iran-based diplomatic missions against its earlier execution of a leading Shiite cleric. Bahrain followed suit, and the UAE downgraded its Iran relations.