Algeria has summoned its ambassador to Spain back for consultations over Madrid's recent comments on Western Sahara, the foreign affairs ministry said on Saturday, APA reports quoting Reuters.
"The Algerian authorities were very surprised by the surprising statements of the highest authorities in Spain on the issue of Western Sahara," it said.
Spain said on Saturday the government had informed Algeria about its position "in relation to Western Sahara", a government source told Reuters.
"For Spain, Algeria is a strategic, priority and reliable partner with whom we intend to maintain a privileged relationship," the source added.
Algeria is a key gas supplier to Spain and Italy.