Algeria and Tunisia deny ‘fabricated news’ reported by Iranian media outlets
Algeria has denied Iranian media reports alleging that the two countries agreed to confront extremist ideologies in the region during last week’s meeting between Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and Iranian Minister of Culture Reza Salehi Amiri.
Algerian foreign ministry spokesperson Abdul Aziz bin Ali Al-Sharif said that some Iranian media reports regarding the topics discussed between the two men are inaccurate, the Algerian official news agency reported on Sunday.
Although he did not clarify which statements he was referring to, he added: “The meeting between Sellal and Amiri was based on the importance of the Algerian and Iranian roles to improve cultural aspects in order to strengthen the relations of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.”
Meanwhile on Saturday, Tunisia’s presidential office denied reports published by Iranian news agency IRNA claiming that during his meeting with Amiri, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi commended “Iran’s role in the region” and said “Iran is the protector of the Islamic world from the entity of Zionist occupation.”