"It is a working and friendship visit. I am a friend of Algeria and the Algerian people. The are friendship relations between the two countries on which I seek to build a very strong strategic partnership," said the French president at press conference after his visit to Algeria.
“It is also a working visit given the strategic partnership between the two countries. Important decisions will be taken in the next weeks and months,” said Macron.
As regards bilateral relations, the French president stated that Algeria and France “have opened many working fields,” stressing that the High level intergovernmental Committee (CIHN), scheduled for Thursday, will be a mean “to advance in many investment projects.”
Macron also referred to his suggestion to create an Algerian-French joint investment fund to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the diversification of Algeria’s economy.
“Such measures would result in further flexibility to finance industrial innovation,” he said.
Macron expressed willingness to further develop training, and referred to the example of French car manufacturers, who created training centres in Algeria.
As regards visa delivery, procedures will be simplified, notably for politicians, administration official, businesspersons, journalists and men of culture, said the president.
“I also hope that students can get a visa to work in the Mediterranean region”, said Macron, stressing that “we seek to strengthen the fight against illegal emigration as part of the implementation of our joint policy.”
Restoration of skulls of Algerian martyrs
Besides, Macron announced France’s decision to restore the skulls of the Algerian resistance fighters, currently at the Musee de l’Homme (Museum of Man) in Paris.
“I have acceded to a request, reiterated several times by the Algerian public authorities, for the restoration of the skulls of the Algerian resistance fighters and I took the decision to restore them,” he said at a press conference at the end of his friendship and working visit to Algeria.
Support to UN’s efforts for political solution in Libya
As for the situation in Libya, President Macron underlined his support to the efforts made by the United Nations to reach a political solution to the crisis in this country, and called for dialogue between Libyan parties.
“My hope is that, in the next few weeks, we will be able to reach, in Libya, institutional agreements and establish the dialogue among the different political tendencies so that the Constitution is respected,” affirmed Macron.
He also reiterated his country’s willingness to “work for the stability and peace in Libya in a political framework built by the Libyans,” calling for an “inter-Libyan dialogue.”
“I have reaffirmed the willingness of France for a stable and lasting Libya in a political framework built by Libyans themselves,” he underlined.
The French President affirmed that the military intervention led by France in 2011 in Libya “complicated” the situation in this country.
“I don’t believe that the policy of military intervention, when it is not part of a political strategy, could resolve the crisis (...) it would rather complicate the situation,” affirmed the French head of State.
In this regard, Macron said that Algeria and France sought to strengthen their security cooperation and the fight against terrorism, especially in the Sahel-Saharan region
Algeria and France agreed to strengthen their security and counterterrorism cooperation, especially in the Sahel-Saharan region, where we are working together," said Macron after his meeting with President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
In this regard, he said that he discussed with the Head of State regional issues and willingness to find a solution to the Libyan crisis.
"Stability in Libya is an issue on which we are also working with initiatives by France," he added.
Macron said that they also discussed statements made by US President Donald Trump on Palestine.
Macron disapproves Trump's decision to recognize Al-Quds capital of Israel
President Macron reacted to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Al Quds as the capital of Israel, calling the decision “unfortunate.”
“I can only disapprove of this unilateral decision, which only involves the United States,” he said, adding that this decision contradicts international law and the resolutions of the United Nations.”
“I don’t have to condemn it, it does so itself,” said Macron.