by Alya Gorgi

Algeria still firm on its sovereignty

L'Algérie toujours ferme quant a sa souveraineté

In a recent statement, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune reiterated Algeria's commitment to its policy of non-alignment, despite growing pressure from major Western powers.

These assertions underline the country's continued attachment to an independent position on the international scene, anchored since the war of independence against colonial France.

At the Saint Petersburg Forum in Russia, on June 17, 2023, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune affirmed Algeria's attachment to its neutrality in conflicts between great powers, thus marking its policy of non-alignment. This position was reaffirmed recently, with President Tebboune emphasizing that Algeria will never be subordinate to any foreign power.

In a speech to senior army officers, Tebboune declared that Algeria is a free country, insisting that Algerians are born free. This statement comes in a context marked by growing geopolitical tensions, particularly after Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

Algeria's policy of non-alignment dates back to the creation of the Provisional Group of the Algerian Republic (GPRA) in 1958, well before the country's independence. Even after the end of the Cold War, Algeria always remained faithful to this principle, refusing to join a specific camp despite attempts at international pressure.