Algerian Foreign Minister Mohamed Bedjaoui on Monday urged foreign troops to withdraw from Iraq as soon as possible so that Iraqis can decide their own country's destiny.
He stressed the importance of restoring peace and stability in the war-torn country, adding the goal can only be achieved on condition that foreign troops leave, the Iraqis regain rights to exercise sovereignty, and all parties can actively participate in the political life.
The top Algerian diplomat was speaking to reporters ahead of the upcoming annual Arab summit, scheduled for March 28-29 in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum.
On the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Bedjaoui said he supported the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.
He said those who considered the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) as a "troublemaker" should respect the free choice of the Palestinian people.
The Hamas group won the Jan. 25 Palestinian legislative elections, and Prime Minister-designate Ismail Haneya has presented the list of his Hamas-led cabinet and its political program to President Mahmoud Abbas.