Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan made a phone call on Thursday to his Algerian counterpart to express support as wildfires tear through the northern parts of the North African country.
“During the call, the minister emphasized that the Kingdom, the government, and the people of Saudi Arabia stand by Algeria in these difficult times,” according to a statement issued by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
“During the call, they addressed regional and international developments of mutual interest, as well as bilateral relations and ways to improve them to achieve the objectives of the two countries and peoples,” according to the statement.
The North African country has been in the grip of devastating fires since Monday that have cost at least 69 lives.
Algeria began a three-day mourning period for those killed in the fires on Thursday.
Authorities have said they suspect arson after dozens of fires erupted in a short time.
Four suspected “arsonists” have been arrested, but their identities or suspected motives have not been disclosed.
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