Foreign minister plans Washington trip in bid to thaw ties
Ramtane Lamamra hopes to travel in March or April in an effort to breathe fresh life into the moribund relations between Algeria and the United States.
Chief of staff Said Chengriha has travelled to Moscow to clinch an astronomical arms deal, worth up to $7bn. In discussions with the Russian defence minister, he also outlined a possible Algerian intervention in the Sahel, starting with Mali.
Morocco is taking its time to find the right person to coordinate its influence networks in the US. Meanwhile, Mohammed VI's cousin and ambassador Lalla Joumala Alaoui has kept close ties with the Republican Party and with the controversial lobbyist Richard Smotkin.