World Bulletin / News Desk
An Algerian Islamist opposition figure on Sunday denounced Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi's visit to Algeria.
"The Algerian people will undoubtedly not welcome a minister installed by a 'terrorist coup'," Ali Belhadj, the deputy leader of the dissolved Islamic Salvation Front, said in a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Anadolu Agency.
Fahmi is scheduled to arrive in Algeria on Sunday for a two-day visit for talks with his Algerian counterpart Ramtane Lamamra.
Belhadj was detained in mid-August last year for participating in a march against the violent dispersal of two support sit-ins for ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.
He was also detained on July 5 during a protest against Morsi's overthrow by the Egyptian military.
He said on Sunday that those who would be surprised by the Algerian welcome of the Egyptian minister "are unaware of the nature of despotic regimes that practice terrorism in the name of the law".
Lamamra said previously that his government welcomes Fahmi in Algeria because it recognizes states, not regimes or governments.
Belhadj's party won a majority of the seats contested in local elections in 1990 and most of the seats in the National Assembly in the first round of balloting in 1991.
The government, however, canceled the second round and arrested many of the group’s leaders, including Belhadj himself.