January 26, 2022

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune predicts “a return to normal” relations with France

French President Emmanuel Macron sparked the wrath of Algiers after accusing the system “politico-military” Algerian to maintain a “memorial rent “.

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Towards an easing of tensions? Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune predicted Friday, November 26, “a return to normal” relations with France, in the midst of a crisis, on condition that they are based on“equal to equal”.

French President Emmanuel Macron sparked Algiers’ anger after comments reported on October 2 by the French daily The world, accusing the system “politico-military” Algerian to maintain a “memorial rent “. According to the daily, he questioned the existence of an Algerian nation before French colonization.

In protest, Algeria recalled its ambassador to France and banned the overflight of its territory to French military planes serving the Sahel, where the troops of the anti-jihadist operation Barkhane are deployed. Asked about this diplomatic crisis during an interview with Algerian media broadcast on Friday evening by official television, Abdelmadjid Tebboune said that“it is necessary that these relations return to normal, provided that the other party [la France] conceives them on a basis of equal to equal, without provocation “.

“We agree that we deal with each other so as not to harm the interests of each party, but we will not accept that anything is imposed on us”, added the Algerian president.