The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the French Republic, Jean-Yves Le Drian, was visiting Algiers this Wednesday, April 13, 2022. The latter was received at the Presidency by the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreigners, Ramtane Lamamra. The visit basically dealt with two issues, namely that of bilateral relations between the two countries, as well as that relating to the current international and regional crises.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said his visit to Algeria aims to melt the ice, build trust and clear up misunderstanding between the two countries, in order to normalize bilateral relations. at the start of the New Year.
Le Drian’s statements came after being received by the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune.
Algeria – France, a new page being written?
Jean-Yves Le Drian indicated that his visit to Algeria aims to establish a “relationship of trust” characterized by respect and the sovereignty of each party, expressing his “hope” to work on “the removal of obstacles and misunderstandings that could arise between the two countries.
Le Drian specified that he aims to achieve two objectives, namely to establish “a relationship of trust between our two countries, characterized by respect for the sovereignty of each of the parties, as well as to look to the future in order to work relaunch and deepen our necessary partnership. »
He added that “Algeria and France have deep ties that are distinguished by the intensity of human relations between Algerians and French”, and these relations, says Le Drian, “are rooted in a complex history. »
The head of French diplomacy also expressed his “hope to work to remove the obstacles and misunderstandings that could arise between the two countries”, noting that the two parties had agreed during the talks to resume certain areas of bilateral cooperation.
He said: “This will materialize through the resumption of concrete dialogue between partners on human and migration issues, as well as the resumption of concrete dialogue on the fight against terrorism and our joint efforts to ensure the security of our two countries. wishing “that the dialogue we are launching today will lead to the resumption of political exchanges between our two governments in 2022.”
Le Drian expressed his hope that the two countries will embark together on the path of a serene relationship and look to the future, “regardless of the wounds of the past that we must face and the misunderstandings that we must overcome”. .
“I would like to emphasize once again that Algeria is a key partner for France both bilaterally and regionally,” he said.
About the conflicts in the Maghreb region
“We seek to continue coordinating our diplomatic initiatives to support the path of political transition in Libya after the Paris conference, at which the Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra, represented the President Tebboune,” he said.
The French Minister underlined by saying: “We also reviewed the situation in Mali, where Algeria plays an important role”, stressing the importance of “Algeria’s commitment to implement the agreement of peace and reconciliation in Mali”. Before adding: “I welcome this commitment and I hope that our dialogue on this issue will continue”.
In the same vein, he underlined that France and Algeria together face “significant challenges in a regional and international context of insecurity”, noting that the two countries should present concrete proposals “for the challenges posed by terrorism in the Sahel region, as well as immigration, in addition to economic development issues. »
Le Drian continued: “Given all these challenges and our common interests, our consultations are very important, this is the reason for my presence today in Algiers”, expressing his “happiness to come to Algeria”, where “I had the honor of talking at length with President Tebboune and my counterpart, Ramtane Lamamra. »
The head of French diplomacy concluded his statement by saying: “I would like to thank them for their warm welcome”, adding that “it is important for me to come to Algeria for a working visit and to assess this bilateral relationship “.