Footage from government-owned Qatar TV shows Algeria's President President Abdelmadjid Tebboune welcoming Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani upon his arrival at Houari Boumediene International Airport in the Algerian capital of Algiers. The two leaders met in an effort to strengthen bilateral relations.

READ MORE: Just last week, Tebboune declared February 22 a special holiday to honor the peaceful "smile revolution'' protest movement that ousted the gas-rich country's longtime leader last year.

Algerians flooded into the streets of the capital and other cities on Friday, February 21, for peaceful protests, marking the first anniversary of their “smile revolution.”

The unprecedented pro-democracy movement is still hoping to upend the whole political establishment, even if the tens of thousands of protesters in Algiers now appear less numerous than in the weeks after February 22, 2019. (AFP/AP)

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