Macron on visit to Algeria to promote "special relations"

Published on : Tuesday, 05 December 2017 16:53   Read : 1160 time(s)
Macron on visit to Algeria to promote "special relations"

ALGIERS- French President Emmanuel Macron will pay a working and friendship visit to Algeria on Wednesday with a view to giving new impetus to economic cooperation between Algeria and France, in line with the shared willingness of the two Heads of State, expressed on several occasions, for the promotion of "strong and special relations.

Macron's visit, which is part of the special partnership built and strengthened by Algeria and France, will be an opportunity for the two countries to explore, during talks between the two Heads of State, new means to strengthen cooperation and partnership and discuss regional and international issues of common interest.
The French president, who will be accompanied by Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian and Minister of Public Action and Accounts Gerald Darmanin, will express his views on bilateral cooperation in the political and socioeconomic fields, international and regional issues, especially Libya, Mali and Sahel as well as the memory issue.

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With regard to bilateral cooperation, it is expected that Macron's visit, the first since his election as president of France, would open new prospects for partnership in various fields.

Partnership between the two countries has been strengthened with the agreements signed recently in Algiers at the end of the 4th session of Algeria-France Joint Economic Committee (COMEFA).

During his visit to Algiers in February, as a candidate in the French presidential election, Macron expressed his willingness to build a partnership based on a "forward-looking vision."

He said that relations between the two countries have improved over the past few years, particularly after 2012, following the visit of the former French President Francois Hollande to Algeria.

He added that the Algerian community settled in France represents "a living bridge between the two countries" and a "shared memory."

In this regard, he expressed willingness to "continue efforts for the healing of memories."

During his election campaign, Macron said that France's colonization of Algeria was "crime against humanity."

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In a congratulation message to Macron on his election, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika welcomed this "vanguard attitude," which would help achieving a "genuine reconciliation" between the two countries.

Macron's visit to Algeria would be also an opportunity for the two countries to strengthen their partnership in diplomatic and security fields, insofar as Algiers and Paris have worked over the past years to find solutions to restore peace and stability in some countries of the region, especially Libya and Mali, as well as regards the fight against terrorism.

In Paris, the visit of the French president, who will be accompanied by nearly sixty journalists representing all French media, has been dubbed "important by the French Presidency.

Macron's visit comes after the signing of several economic cooperation agreements between the two countries during the Fourth session of COMEFA in November, and ahead of the meeting of the High-Level Intergovernmental Commission, to be held in Paris on Thursday, under the co-chairmanship of the Prime ministers, Ahmed Ouyahia and Edouard Phillipe.

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Macron on visit to Algeria to promote "special relations"