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Algerian PM receives UN envoy to Western Sahara

October 23, 2017 at 5:53 pm

Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel (L) and UN envoy to the Western Sahara Horst Kohler meet in Algiers on 22 October 2017. [Abdelkader Messahel /Twitter]

Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia yesterday received the new UN envoy to the Western Sahara, Horst Kohler, the Algerian government said in a brief statement.

“The meeting was held in the presence of Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel,” the statement said. No further details were given.

After years of stalemate, on 16 August UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed Kohler as his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara in an effort to revive talks between Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario Front. Kohler is the former president of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Kohler arrived in Algeria on Saturday evening and met with Polisario leaders in the Tindouf refugee camp, southwest of the country. He had visited Morocco on 16 October and met with King Mohammed VI.

The official will end his tour in Mauritania today.