Algeria-Spain relations: a Spanish official speaks

Since Spain took a position in favor of Morocco, with regard to Western Sahara, diplomatic relations between Algeria and Spain have experienced a certain tension, which would have had negative consequences on the economic relationships. The repercussion is not the least for Spain. Indeed, the diplomatic conflict would have resulted in the decision of Algiers to review the selling prices of gas to Spain.

Teresa Ribera reassures about relations between Algiers and Madrid

The Spanish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Environmental Transformation, Teresa Ribera, estimated that the increase that Algeria intends to approve concerning gas prices to Spain will be “moderate”.

According to the local Spanish newspaper, Spanish official Ribera said: “The Algerian company, Sonatrach, has indicated its intention to raise prices since last October. Because she felt that her prices were much lower than the prices in international markets. In the same context, she stressed that this procedure between the companies of the two countries was “purely commercial”, and that it had nothing to do with the nature of the relations between the governments of the two countries.

In response to the question whether the change of position of the Spanish government on the issue of decolonization in Western Sahara would harm gas imports from Algeria, Ribera stressed that “It is essential that Spain maintains excellent relations with Morocco and Algeria”.

Before continuing by saying that: “Algeria is a reliable country which respects its commitments, and the supply of gas to Spain will remain assured for a long time”. Adding: “We have full confidence in the respect by Algeria of its commitments”.

In the same context, she stressed that this procedure was “purely commercial” between two companies, and that it had nothing to do with the nature of the relations between the governments of the two countries.

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