While President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues his efforts to highlight the atrocities in Gaza on global platforms, his next destination is set to be Algeria. The Turkish president will visit Algeria on Tuesday, following an invitation from Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.
During the visit, a range of issues, with a particular focus on Gaza, will be discussed. Erdogan's choice to make his first regional visit to Algeria, known for its firm stance against Israel, comes after the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit.
Algeria-Turkiye relations have experienced a significant upswing at all levels in recent years, particularly since President Tebboune assumed office in 2019. In this context, Tebboune made his inaugural presidential visit to Turkiye in May 2022, marking the first visit in 17 years. He visited again in July upon Erdogan's invitation, and their last meeting occurred on September 19 at the Turkevi (Turkish House) in New York during the 78th General Assembly of the United Nations.
Turkiye established its embassy in Algeria, which gained independence in 1962. Before Tebboune, the last presidential visit from Algeria to Turkiye was made by Abdelaziz Bouteflika in February 2005. A "Friendship and Cooperation Agreement" was signed between the two nations in 2006 to enhance relations. President Erdogan's last visit to Algeria occurred in January 2020, during which a joint declaration on the establishment of a "High-Level Cooperation Council" was signed.
Algeria and Turkiye continue their relations in close coordination, addressing not only the Israeli issue but also regional challenges. President Tebboune recognized the significant contributions of former Algerian Ambassador Mahinur Ozdemir Goktas by presenting him with the "First Order of the Algerian National Order of Merit" on June 19. This accolade is seen in the media as a testament to Ambassador Goktas' substantial role in fostering bilateral relations and underscores President Tebboune's commitment to the importance of Algeria's ties with Turkiye.