The Turkish Embassy in Algeria has denied allegations on local news websites that it is interfering in the internal affairs of the country, Anadolu has reported. Claims have been circulated about alleged meetings between leaders of the opposition movement and Turkish officials.
The aim of such rumours is to undermine relations between the two countries, said the embassy in an official statement issued on Sunday evening. Such allegations, it insisted, do not reflect the truth.
"It is clear that those who circulated these false allegations and rumours have not taken into account the depth of brotherly ties between Turkey and Algeria," added the embassy. "Relations between the two countries are developing at all levels in mutual respect… and are solid to the point of overcoming all negative initiatives that will try to harm bilateral ties."
The local news websites did not mention the names of the opposition figures who are said to have met with Turkish officials. However, they are believed to be from the Rachad Movement, an Islamist group founded in Europe in 2007. There was no official comment from the Algerian authorities on the matter.
Algeria and Turkey have been linked by a strategic partnership agreement since 2006, and relations between the two countries have developed a lot in recent years, especially in the economic sector. Turkey is, in fact, the largest foreign investor in Algeria.