French President Emmanuel Macron and his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune have pledged to work together again soon, upon the latter’s return from Germany where he is being treated for post-Covid complications, according to the Algerian presidency.
Mr. Macron called Mr. Tebboune on Sunday evening to inquire about his state of health and “congratulate him on his recovery”.
The thorny question of reconciling memories
“President Macron has informed the President of the Republic of his desire to work together again on issues of common interest, in particular on economic and regional issues and the memorial issue as soon as President Tebboune returns” to Algiers, adds the Algerian presidency.
For his part, Mr. Tebboune “assured his French counterpart of his availability to work on these files upon his return to Algeria,” the statement concluded without further details.
The Elysee Palace confirmed that the telephone exchange had taken place and that the two leaders agreed to remember after President Tebboune returned to Algiers.
Mr. Tebboune, 75, underwent “successful” operation on his right foot last Wednesday in Germany, following “complications” linked to his coronavirus infection, and must be back in Algiers in the “next few days”, according to the Presidency.
No date has been announced for the head of state’s return to Algiers.
Among the priority issues between the two shores of the Mediterranean is the thorny question of the “reconciliation of antagonistic memories” on French colonization and the war of independence (1954-1962).
No excuses from France
Mr. Macron has promised to take “symbolic acts” to try to reconcile the two countries, but he ruled out offering the “apologies” demanded by Algiers, after the publication this week of a much-awaited report by the French historian Benjamin Stora on the subject.
A recognized specialist in the contemporary history of Algeria, Mr. Stora proposed in particular to set up in France a “Memories and Truth” commission which would “be responsible for promoting joint initiatives between France and Algeria on questions of memories “.
His report has not yet elicited an official reaction in Algiers, in the absence of President Tebboune.
But it has received a mixed reception in the media, from certain historians and from many Algerians who regret the absence of excuses for France’s “colonial crimes”.
Source: A la Une – Le Progrès | Le Progrès by www.leprogres.fr.
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