Macron wants to mitigate tensions with Algeria

After friction over visas and recall of ambassador from Paris

05 October, 17:25

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, OCT 5 - French President Emmanuel Macron said he hopes that recent tensions in relations between France and Algeria can be mitigated, following recent friction over visas, symbols of the colonial past and critical comments made by the French government that culminated over the weekend in the recall of the Algerian ambassador from Paris.

    "My hope is that the situation calms because I believe it is better to speak and make progress," Macron said on a France Inter radio broadcast, adding that his relations with Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune are "truly cordial." At the weekend, the Algerian government recalled its ambassador to France "for consultations" and it banned French aircraft from Algerian airspace, which is regularly used by the French military to reach the areas of the Sahel where a war with jihadists is underway.

    The tension between the French government and its former colony rose when France announced that it planned to reduce the number of entry visas issued to citizens of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, countries that Paris said aren't doing enough to take back undocumented migrants from France.

    Further aggravating the situation are comments made by Macron, who said Algeria is governed by a "political-military system" that has "completely rewritten" its own history.

    Macron said he "trusts in" and has "truly cordial" relations with his Algerian counterpart, Tebboune.

    "I have the utmost respect for the Algerian people," he said on France Inter.

    He said the current tensions are due to the work of "memory" that France is doing on the Algerian War.(ANSAmed).

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