Algeria – The Iraqi media announced yesterday (Monday, 10 September) that the Algerian Ambassador to Baghdad had been summoned by the Iraqi authorities following the incident at the Bologhine Stadium (Algiers) during the match between USM Algiers and the Air Forces (Iraq). The latter club withdrew in the 70th minute, after songs glorifying Saddam Hussein.
According to our information, the Algerian Ambassador to Baghdad Abdelkader Benchaa has been on holiday in Algeria for two weeks. He was therefore unable to be summoned to the Iraqi Foreign Ministry, contrary to local media reports that Baghdad reportedly expressed dissatisfaction with the match incident.
For its part, the weekly Jeune Afrique, which contacted the Algerian Embassy in Baghdad on Monday, reports that the chargé d'affaires of the Algerian mission had denied any summons of the ambassador by the authorities of that country. countries.
"The ambassador has not been summoned as I speak to you. We have heard the news on the news sites, "said the chargé d'affaires of the Algerian Embassy in Iraq.