Spain to ‘defend its interests’ as Algeria banks curb ties

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Spain vowed to “defend its interests” on Thursday after Algerian banks suggested they could curb ties following Madrid’s U-turn on disputed Western Sahara, but expressed confidence that Algiers would abide by a gas-supply contract between the two countries. “We are looking into the scope and practical consequences of this measure, both at a national and a European level,” Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares told reporters. Madrid’s aim, he said, was to respond in a “calm and constructive yet firm way to defend Spain’s interests and those of its businesses”. Earlier, Algeria’s Associat…

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