Algerian Foreign Minister Ramatane Lamamra says that South Africa and Algeria must always ensure that they promote peace and security as happened during the years of conflict in South Africa.
Lammara made the comments during a meeting with International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor in Pretoria on Monday.
The two ministers also called on Ukraine and Russia to agree to UN-facilitated talks to end the nearly year-long war.
“Our hope has always been that a process of diplomacy that leads to real dialogue will be the focus of world leaders as we worry about the ramifications of this war between Russia and Ukraine,” says Pandor.
Lammara says that South Africa and Algeria are capable of using their skills and capabilities to pursue better relations.
“We stand for the unity of our continent. Unity in the African Union lies in our strength. Our collective ability to put our own agenda on the agenda and influence developments in the world around us like questions of international peace and security Does
During the meeting, Pandor also expressed concern about the current tension between the US and China.
The most recent Sino-US tensions began when the US military shot down a Chinese spy balloon. Pandor says that the tension between West and East is a threat to world peace.
“We are all familiar with the trade disputes that they have been in, in terms of the United States and China. The idea that if there is a conflict in China then everyone else should get involved is very worrying.
And as the continent prepares for the AU summit in Addis Ababa later this week, another intriguing issue is the decision of AU Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat to grant Israel observer status at the African Union.
Algeria’s foreign affairs minister, Ramatane Lamamra, says he hopes the issue will not distract the continent’s attention from relevant issues.
There can be no development in the position of the AU Commission without the benefit of the final decision to be taken collectively by the African Union Summit.
The AU summit is expected to tackle this and other ongoing and emerging issues affecting the continent.