Algerian authorities rejected the request of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to cancel the visa between the two countries, according to newspaper reports.
“Algeria considered the revocation of the Turkish visa is not currently on the table, because of the differences of views currently existing between the two countries on a number of issues, especially the security situation in North Africa,” the French-language newspaper quoted an Algerian diplomatic source as saying.
The source pointed out that the file of canceling the visa to the Turks was discussed in late January in preparation for the official visit by the Turkish President to Algeria during the month of February, but the Algerian party concluded that the current security conditions in the regions of North Africa and the Middle East does not allow such action at the moment. “
The diplomatic source explained that: “Algeria cannot accept the abolition of the visa on the Turks and Turkey has recently become a passage for extremists towards Syria, Iraq and Libya.”
He added, “This will pose a major threat to the security and borders of Algeria, especially from Libya, which has recently witnessed large movements of extremists and mercenaries of various nationalities, therefore terrorists, who hold a Turkish passport, can pass through the airports of Algeria and infiltrate the country.”
Source: National Iraqi News Agency