Algeria expressed “regret” at being included by the US State Department on the list of countries under special surveillance due to violations in the field of religious freedom.
In a phone call with his American counterpart, Anthony Blinken, Algerian Foreign Minister Ahmed Attaf expressed his “deep regret about the false and inaccurate information contained in the recent statement (report) of the US State Department regarding religious freedom regarding Algeria.”
According to a statement by the Algerian Foreign Ministry, the American report “ignored the efforts made by Algeria to enshrine the principle of freedom of religious belief and practice, which is the principle guaranteed by the Algerian Constitution in a clear and unambiguous manner.”
According to the same source, the Algerian Foreign Minister referred, during the call, to the dialogue launched by Algeria with the United States in this regard, and to its expression on more than one occasion of its readiness to receive the American Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom “in order to shed light on the facts and on Algeria’s actual commitment to preserving the principle.” freedom of belief in accordance with its relevant international obligations.”
On Thursday, the State Department issued a report that included a list of 17 countries that are “of concern” or “subject to special monitoring” due to “violations of freedom of religion.”
Algeria was classified in the second category, which includes Azerbaijan, the Central African Republic, the Comoros, and Vietnam “as countries on a special watch list for their involvement in or tolerance of serious violations of freedom of religion,” according to a US State Department statement.